Introduction by Jean-Claude Carrière.
To quote the words of Jean-Claude Carrière, 'A child is more than a child. And often even much more than an adult.' Skimming through the pages of this book is enough to be convinced of that. The images created by Étienne Delessert – a Swiss illustrator, writer and painter born in 1941 – are surprising for their style but even more so for their substance. Children delight in them, and their parents do too, because as an illustrator, Delessert knows how to build a bridge between so-called children’s stories and the world of the great imaginative artists, from Bosch to Doré. From the mouse who gets hit in the head with a stone to the posters, caricatures, covers and political cartoons for magazines around the world, all of these drawings are born of the bold imagination that makes Étienne Delessert one of the great artists of his time.