Jan Paul Schutten, Joris Bijdendijk ism|collab Team Schooltuinen and Natuureducatie, Kees Wabeke

Het geheim van de tuin

Een avontuurlijk kinderkookboek

Book coverHet geheim van de tuin
Book coverHet geheim van de tuin
Book coverHet geheim van de tuin
Book coverHet geheim van de tuin

How lucky in 2020 to be a pupil in group 7 or 8 at an Amsterdam primary school with a school garden. The City of Amsterdam stuck its neck out and facilitated this publication, made by the children’s books dream team and a passionate chef. The result is a magnificent book for looking, doing, reading and cooking in one – not at all condescending and with a loving eye for both content and production. Not only were all the stops pulled out in terms of the personnel employed on this book, it is also a treat containing surprises in production techniques not normally within reach of a children’s book.

The designer has placed all the clear illustrations and elements with an all-but-invisible hand. The Wibalin band material gives an air of distinction; the colour palette used for printing is unique, eliminating any sense of the standard CMYK. The icing on the cake is then the extra sheet pass in fluorescent green, which also continues around the edges of the block.

If this is not a blatant promotion of books for young people, it is at the very least a wonderful gesture. A real gift – one which those who do not attend an Amsterdam primary school can also enjoy to the full, thanks to a very modestly priced edition for general sale.

Edition: 2020
Release date: June 2020
Language: Dutch
Final editor: Barbera van Kooij, Marleen Louter; Barbera van Kooij, Mara Joustra, Marleen Louter (text editors)
Picture editor: Barbera van Kooij
Illustrator: Floor Rieder
Publisher / commissioner: Gottmer Uitgevers Groep in collaboration with Gemeente Amsterdam and Rijksmuseum, Haarlem, Amsterdam
Available through: Bookshop, webshop
Designer: Hitontwerp (Suzanne Nuis) (Haarlem)
Printer: Wilco BV | Boeken & Tijdschriften, Amersfoort
Binder: Wilco BV | Boeken & Tijdschriften, Amersfoort
Dimensions: 200 x 245 x 8
Amount of pages: 96
Number of copies: 2000
Price: € 16.99
ISBN: 9789025773625
Font and foundry: Caros (Cretype), True North (Cultivated Mind), Zeit (Fenotype), Cycloop (Floor Rieder), Mozaek Rieder (Floor Rieder)
Binding style: Sewn hardback with rounded spine; coldglued
Paper interior: 50gsm Fly® 02, Cordier Spezialpapier
Paper end papers: 150gsm Fly® 02, Cordier Spezialpapier
Cover material: 125gsm Wibalin® Buckram 500 White, Winter & Company
Other technical features: Cover and interior printed in CMYK + Pantone 802; edges of blook block printed in Pantone 802; headbands. Printing: conventional offset