Lemniscaat

Picture Books

isbn:978-1-932425-15-4

: Maranke Rinck

illustrator: Martijn van der Linden

The Prince Child

All dressed up, decorated with feathers, beads and other ornaments, the animals of the forest visit the newly born Prince Child. They ponder what gift to bring him; how can they know what he wishes most of all? An extraordinary and atmospheric picture book with mysterious animal portraits. The story unfolds slowly, like a true fairytale.

Rights sold to France, Germany, Japan, Korea, U.S.A., Mexico.

Reviews

"In this team's gently wry debut, a series of eerily realistic animal portraits illustrate one-page profiles that tell what each character will bring to a party for the Prince. Like aboriginals at a secret dance, van der Linden's animals adorn themselves for the gathering with cowrie shells, tusk-like teeth, daubed-on paint and feathers ... Even children who've seen dozens of animal photographs will pause to look at these - the hyena, for instance, waits and watches with a face tattooed Maori-style; he sports a fantastic basket-woven hat from which strings of beads dangle. In each of Rinck's short vignettes (which appear on the left, with the full-bleed portraits on the right), animals uncertain of the worth of their gifts receive tender encouragement, while over-confident animals get gentle rebukes ... In a quiet moment of fairy-tale parody, the Prince turns out to be a tiny frog ("Has anyone brought what the prince wants most? Has anyone brought him a kiss?"). This creation is itself a marvelous gift to bring to any party."
-Publishers Weekly

"A contemplative, serious, and uplifting book."
-School Library Journal

"Rich paintings tell the thoughtful tale of animals preparing for theprince's party. ... The animals' costumes evoke world-wideindigenous cultures. The young prince, appearing finally on the last page, is (surprisingly) a tiny, delicate frog sitting on a lily pad wearing aminuscule gold crown. His wish for a certain particular gift implies agentle link with a famous fairy tale, but knowledge of that tale isn'tnecessary for enjoyment of this lovely piece."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Exquisitely detailed paintings illustrate this story. They are so life-like you almost expect the animals to move. Enjoyable story and incredible illustrations! This book is a must!"
-Fort Worth Independent School District Book Reviews

"The haunting images, depicting animals wearing hats and jewelry of varied natural materials, are intriguing and accomplished."
-Horn Book Guide

other books by Maranke Rinck and Martijn van der Linden:

Hush Little Turtle
Hush Little Turtle
I Feel a Foot
I Feel a Foot
I Feel a Foot
			(tactile version)
I Feel a Foot
The Sweetest Kiss
The Sweetest Kiss

other books with Martijn van der Linden:

For You and No One Else
For You and No One Else
Waiting for Apollo
Waiting for Apollo