Last year the wonderful people at Gecko Press brought us Seasons, a stunning book full of illustrations all relating to different seasons by the French illustrator, Blexbolex. Now Gecko brings us People, another absolutely beautiful book full of all sorts of different people.
Even before you open the book you have to marvel at the production of the book which is like a piece of art itself. When you remove the dust jacket you discover that it doubles as a poster that would look amazing and eye-catching on a wall. When I first flicked through the book it seemed like a seemingly random selection of different people from a juggler to a hermit to an eccentric, but when I looked again the people on each double page spread are either connected in some way or are opposites of each other. For example, one spread has an executioner and a lumberjack. People would be a great book to share with children, whether one-on-one or with a group, as you could discuss the relationship between each person. Teachers could use it with their class in creative writing time to help spark story ideas or you could leave it on the coffee table at home to spark discussion. As I was reading through I couldn’t help but think up stories about these relationships between characters.
People is a book that will be loved by not just children, but parents, teachers and design students. It’s the perfect Christmas present for the whole family to enjoy.