A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

Swedish / Sweden

Jag blir en bubbla som blir ett monster som blir ett barn
(I will be a bubble that becomes a monster that becomes a child)

Axelsson, Malin (text)
Persson, Klara (illus.)
Stockholm: Urax, 2014. – [36] p.
ISBN 978-91-87208-19-5

Future – Question – Philosophy – Picture book

What will life be like? What will I be like? Will I be a gorilla? Why will I be sad? When will there be cake? Some pictures in this book depict a girl with a hat on her head, who has many questions. The words of the text run together associatively; run-on sentences create an erratic incoherence that captures the jumbling of ideas. The pictures are very detailed and fill in the gaps in the text, but also create further space. Characters and objects often stand next to each other; relationships are usually only hinted at, but sometimes also demonstrated in the text. “Jag blir en bubbla” is a special picture book as it does not tell a single story from beginning to end, but rather lays out many threads that are only loosely connected, but might be further elaborated. (Age: 6+)