The Great Journey by Agathe Demois and Vincent Godeau

I love it when graphic designers create children’s books. The results can be magical and appeal to all types of audiences, for example: Saul bass and Henri’s Walk to Paris, Milton Glaser and The Alphazeds, Paul Rand and Sparkle and Spin, Peskimo and Alphablock – I could go on…

(Maybe I should, that would make a good blog post.)

Anyway, as I was saying, the results can be magical, innovative and engage the reader in new ways. This book – The Great Journey, does just that.

We follow Red Beak as he flies to the other side of the world to a jungle, to join an annual gathering of birds from all over the world.

The story is told from two perspectives, one with the naked eye and the other with the use of the magic view-finder. Using this we discover what’s really going on behind the scenes, over forests and farmlands, cities and seascapes.

Young readers and adults will delight in the experience. You could be excused for thinking of it as a gimmick and it could be mimicked badly to make a novelty item. But don’t be mistaken, these two talented illustrators/graphic designers have created a book-shaped piece of magic for your bookshelf.

Published by Tate Publishing.

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