In this graphically stunning picture book, Blexbolex explores the cyclical nature of time by looking at the seasons. Using objects, landscapes, activities, and different types of people that are associated with each season (such as a skier, a swimmer, a roasted chestnut seller), Blexbolex evokes the sense of permanency given to life by its cyclical nature, despite the fact that time is always passing. The purpose of this book is to encourage observation of the world around us and lead the reader to form all sorts of logical and imaginative associations having to do with the seasons, the cycles of life, and time.
An illustrator of graphic genius, Blexbolex entered art school with the intention of becoming a painter, but left having discovered his talent as a silksceen artist. Since then, he has worked regularly with book publishers in France and Germany, as well as for the press. In 2009 he received the prestegious Golden Letter award for best book design throughout the world.
Blexbolex is an award-winning book illustrator. Born in France, he has lived in Germany since 2008, where he teaches and also gives workshops. In 1992, he started work as a printer, allowing him to both create and print his own first books. From 1996 to 2005, he worked at Éditions Cornélius in Paris. Since 2005, he’s worked as an illustrator and author of children’s books, while also creating comics and books for adults. His experimental approach to illustration, industrial printing techniques, and book production makes him a pioneer in his field. Blexbolex has received many prizes and distinctions, including New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated recognitions for Seasons (2010) and Ballad (2014). The Magicians is his fifth book with Enchanted Lion.
Karin Snelson is a Seattle-based book editor, reviewer, writer, and translator, specializing in children’s and young adult literature. She has served on a Newbery Medal selection committee, on an ALA Notable Children’s Books committee, and on a 2022 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominating committee through USBBY. She is the co-translator of the French picture book Jerome by Heart, which won a 2019 Batchelder Honor; At the Drop of a Cat; and You Can't Kill Snow White.
Starred reviews Publishers Weekly & School Library Journal
A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2010
School Library Journal Best Children's Books of 2010
NPR's OnPoint 2010 Summer Reading Pick
"Blexbolex's silkscreened prints are both retro and modern, and at 180 pages, Seasons is an impressive object the reader will want to study closely."The New York Times
"Words and phrases loosely associated with the seasons appear in a blocky pink font on each page of this contemplative book [...] The creamy matte paper, rich colors, and deceptively simple imagery combine to breathtaking effect, encouraging readers to take notice of fleeting detail." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"The stunning artwork demonstrates Blexbolex's mastery of printmaking. From preschoolers identifying familiar objects to adults pondering visual representations of ideas such as "late bloomer," attentive readers will find new connections with each perusal. A book to savor." - School Library Journal, Starred Review
"Paging through this long series of full-page or full-spread serigraphic seasonal scenes and iconic images quickly becomes immersive. As the artist goes for silhouettes and broad sometimes layered patches of color rather than fine detail (though there is some of that too, in a delicate mosquito or the subtle sheen of a luscious plum), the multi-year round has an abstract, dreamlike quality that will draw viewers into the rhythms of each season. [...] Both a stylish debut (on this side of the Atlantic) and a distinctive showcase for this French comic illustrator." - Kirkus
"This thick volume is both beautiful and intriguing - artist's portfolio, concept book, and word book rolled into one." - The Horn Book
"Seasons is an inter-generational treat ready to be shared between parents and children, teachers and students, or just savored alone." - The Midwest Book Review
"The book is a pleasure to hold in your hands and read." - Craig Seasholes, Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
”Beautiful book to gift kids.” —Sweet Paul Magazine