A Selection of International Children's and Youth Literature

Swedish / Sweden

Här är världen
(Here is the world)

Karlsson, Ylva (text)
Östergren, Emelie (illus.)
Stockholm: Hippo Bökferlag, 2015. – [28] p.
ISBN 978-91-87033-32-2

World – Everyday life – Perspective –
Picture book

Zoom in and zoom out: “Här är världen” comes alive in the play of perspective. Initially it focuses on a girl who has a lady bug on her hand: “Här är min vän” (Here is my friend). The next picture shows a park from central perspective, then one sees houses and the city from a bird’s eye view. Next one flies higher and higher with a white bird all the way to outer space. Once there, one turns the book around – and flies back. Emelie Östergren’s pictures have the red-orange tint of old colour photographs, but her style is not photorealistic or naturalistic. In the black contours and lightly distorted shapes of her drawings, one sees Östergren’s connection to comic art. Her detailed illustrations perfectly enhance the short text by Ylva Karlsson and transform the picture book into a voyage away from and back to the world, in which there is much to discover. (Age: 2+)