All the stories and poems that the Flemish writer Bart Moeyaert ever wrote for children have here been collected in a substantial yet convenient book. Text and illustrations are well printed in good strong black and red, the drawings being the work of six illustrators and for the most part specially created for this edition. They have been nicely placed in the book.
Each section has its own title page in red, grey and white on a black-printed background. These choices endow the book with a perfect balance of coherence and variety. ‘Fresh and playful without being childish.’
The panel were less complimentary when it came to the front cover. ‘Waffled to pieces in the design process’ was how one member of the panel summarized it. On the other hand… one glance at the spine instantly restored the cheerful mood. Surely no one could ever, ever get rid of a book with a wonderful spine like this one? On the subject of the laminate it proved impossible to reach agreement. Some found it nasty, but others – while still not wishing to be seen as admirers of glossy laminate – found themselves well able to appreciate this laminate on this book.