Janik Coat
Abrams Appleseed, New York, 2012, English
Nonfiction, Graphic Design; Fiction, Children’s
8 x 8 inches, board book, 38 pages, full-color illustrations
ISBN: 9781419701511
Suggested Retail Price: $14.95

From the Publisher. Behold: an opposites book like no other. Simple pairings of words, both expected (small/large) and unexpected (clear/blurry), are humorously illustrated with a graphic and lovable red hippopotamus. Bold colors and surprising die-cuts and textures spice up this elegantly engaging board book.

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Maria Popova

In her children's book debut, French graphic designer Janik Coat teaches the progeny of the design-inclined about opposites and basic spatial, dimensional, and aesthetic vocabulary through a minimalist red hippo-hero, who remains charmingly catatonic throughout the book. With unexpected parallels and contrasts and a simple semiotic sensibility, Coat explores fundamental concepts in simple yet whimsical ways.

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