A tail-wagging free spirit of a little dog? This was something the panel welcomed with open arms. In Yvonne Jagtenberg’s Hondje, de Enige Echte, we follow with mild surprise the experiences of the cheerful canine through the four seasons. The fresh lucidity of this children’s book, both in the layout and the synergy between text and image, at once added feathers to its cap. ‘Atmospheric illustrations, well-chosen lengths for the stories and a nice quarter-bound cloth binding.’

 

Other panel members were unable to conceal their ambivalence. The typographical decision to indent almost every other line did not meet with universal approval. On the other hand there was praise for the pleasant variety in the size of the drawings, and for the soft, light, nicely harmonizing colours, as in the cover. ‘A perfect classical book for children,’ in which many elements were attuned to each other without being exceptional. It is clearly aimed at a larger audience, and there’s nothing wrong in that. After all, ‘books like this are the lifeblood of the book world.’ Amen to that.

Year 2015

Language Dutch

Publisher Rubinstein, Amsterdam

Designer Ubald Seveke

Prepress EPS, Amsterdam

Printer Proost Industries, Turnhout (BE)

Binder Proost Industries, Turnhout (BE)

Size 185 x 240 x 11

Number of pages 80 p.

Print run 3,000

Price € 14.95

ISBN 978 90 4761 684 9

Font Minion Pro (Adobe)

Binding style sewn hardback, foil stamping on spine

Material 140gsm Maxioffset (interior), Brillianta 4320 and 135gsm glazed MC matt laminated, over grey board (binding)