Friday, February 1, 2013

Step into a Child's Imagination: Anton and the Battle by Ole Könnecke

Anton and the Battle by Ole Könnecke

Something I haven't done for a while is look at the fabulous new children's books that are coming out, so I was excited to receive in the post two delightful books from Gecko Press. The first, Anton and the Battle by Ole Könnecke, is adorable and beautifully illustrated. 

Following on from the success of Anton Can Do Magic (the USBBY winner and ReadBoston Award Finalist) Anton and Luke are back in an epic battle of one-upmanship. Who will be declared the strongest? 

It seems this battle can never be resolved!

But then something unexpected happens and the boys' bravado is put to the test. Perhaps these boys aren't as fearless as they claim! Seeking refuge in a tree, the boys are back on equal terms and the battle is now at an end... 
Or is it?

Anton and the Battle is funny, cute, and a delightful journey into the imaginative world of children. I like that it is not super-soft and fluffy. No, here you'll find the true props of boyish play -  mallets and bombs, lions, tigers and dragons. 
Ole Könnecke's illustrative style is perfect for this story. He makes a clear division between what is real and what is in the imagination of the boys with his use (or absence) of colour. It is very effective. The strength and simplicity of the illustrations really pack a punch - which of course is very fitting!

Anton and the Battle by Ole Könnecke
Published 1 February in NZ by Gecko Press
Origin: Germany
Ages 4+, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-877579-26-4 (hardback)
ISBN: 978-1-877579-25-7 (paperback)

About the Author/Illustrator
Ole Könnecke was born in 1961 and spent his childhood in Sweden. He now works as a freelance illustrator in Hamburg, Germany. He has won the Jugendbücher prize for children's illustration 2004 and the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Youth literature prize) 2005.

Pop back soon to see another fab new release from Gecko Press!

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