As a publisher you have to be willing to take a gamble to bring out a book for young people on so dry-as-dust a subject as case law. The creators of this book have succeeded admirably in presenting that subject, couched in accounts of actual cases, in a way that’s interesting not just to the intended target audience but also to adult readers.

Much effort has gone into the way the book has been produced, with such features as fold-outs that actually have a useful function. There’s nothing boring here. Page design is used in illustrating the narrative and to support the explanations of complex legal concepts. 

That enjoying the read is allowed to take precedence is clear right from the start – even the ‘colofon’ (publishing details) is provided with some entertaining and potentially useful hints in bubbles. The panel were not quite unanimous, however, as the front cover is comparatively abstract and aloof, not imbued so much with the mentality and atmosphere of the inviting interior. Strangely enough, in that regard the back cover is quite the opposite. Our advice, then, is this: just buy the book and leave it on the table face down.


Author Annet Huizing

Year 2017

Language Dutch

Edited by Leonie Hardeman

Publisher Lemniscaat, Rotterdam

Designer Margot Westermann, Utrecht

Prepress Margot Westermann, Utrecht

Printer Graphius, Gent (BE)

Binder Graphius, Gent (BE)

Size 208 x 250 x 33

Number of pages 247 p.

Print run 15,000

Price € 24.95

ISBN 978 90 47708 26 1

Font Alegreya Sans (Juan Pablo del Peral), American Typewriter (ITC), Asap (Omnibus Type), Auto 2 (Underware), Blockhead (Emigre), Footlight (Monotype), Minion Pro (Adobe), Sexsmith (Typodermic Fonts)

Binding style sewn hardback with a rounded spine

Material 150gsm Lessebo Design Smooth 1.3 White (Igepa) (interior); 140gsm Sirio Color Vermiglione (Fedrigoni) (endpapers); 150gsm Magno Gloss (Igepa) with scratch free matt laminate and spot varnishing, over 2.5 mm grey board