Kim Crabeels, Ingrid Godon – Mijn Opa is een Boom

International fame as a children’s book illustrator doesn’t come to us all. Ingrid Godon, however, has long been up there with other front-runners of Flemish book illustration such as Carll Cneut and Gerda Dendooven. In Mijn Opa is een Boom Godon has produced, in collaboration with Kim Crabeels, a reading-aloud book for the under-sixes about getting older. It centres on a grandfather and his relationship with his grandson.

The large format works convincingly here, allowing the inspired drawings to really come into their own. They’re executed partly in crayon and subtly lithographed. There’s something slightly repetitive in the story, but that’s something it has no trouble coping with. The cover itself is fine, though the binding method failed to inspire much confidence on the part of the panel. Nevertheless, this time aesthetics triumphed over production values and ultimately this generously dimensioned book received the blessing of all.


Edition: 2015
Language: Dutch
Publisher / commissioner: Lannoo, Tielt (BE)
Designer: Kris Demey, Ghent (BE)
Lithographer: Steurs Graphic Solutions, Antwerp (BE)
Printer: Těšínská tiskárna, ÄŒeský Těšín (CZ)
Binder: Těšínská tiskárna, ÄŒeský Těšín (CZ)
Dimensions: 240 x 320 x 10
Amount of pages: 32 p.
Number of copies: 2,100
Price: € 14.99
ISBN: 978 4 014 2951 1
Font and foundry: Samo Sans Pro (Carnoky Type)
Binding style: sewn hardback with a flat spine; the first and last pages of the interior are the endpapers
Material: 170gsm Munken Lynx (interior), 120gsm Wibalin Natural 500 White, 135gsm gloss MC (binding, with matt laminate)