Bird enjoys his rock. From his rock, he can see the sea, the sand blowing about and the grass swaying. He’s perfectly content. Until suddenly he spots a lizard lying on his rock, claiming it’s his rock, that he’d recognise it anywhere and it’s always nice and warm thanks to the sun. Bird and Lizard share a love for the rock, but refuse to share the rock itself. When it looks like Lizard is gone, Bird perches on the rock again. But is it still his.
Children probably read a very different story than grownups. And that’s fine.Jury report Zilveren Griffel, on ‘Mister Paper and his Girl’ by Elvis Peeters
In this philosophical picture book, Elvis Peeters and Sebastiaan Van Doninck explore themes including home, property, and the budding awareness that others may have a very different take on things. Peeters’ text is written from the perspective of Bird, whose world is turned upside-down by Lizard. Brief, staccato sentences reflect Bird’s anxiety. With plenty of white space, Van Doninck succeeds in giving the two creatures and the limited landscape starring roles in his illustrations. By only changing the position of the pupil in Bird’s eye he creates surprisingly effective facial expressions. ‘My Rock’ is a story about sharing the same space – a story that couldn’t be more topical today.
Strong, varied compositions that play with the boundaries between realism and magic, between introspection and slapstick and between commotion and harmonyLeeswelp, on ‘Goodnight, everyone’