Vociferous unanimity was the keynote when this superb example of equality in the collaboration between editors, designers and publisher was added to the selection.


Obviously there was much laughter during the discussion of this seemingly gridless yet still highly coherent ‘more serious’ book from De Harmonie about puberty and sexuality. Clearly much thought had gone into all the fold-outs, not to mention the pop-up.


The whole thing has the nostalgic air of the VPRO broadcasting company in its cheeky young days, when without warning this subject could come off the rails in hilarious fashion. In short, this is a bold book aimed squarely at the target audience.            

 Even the included goodies such as the explicit ‘nude memory game’ don’t shy away from any aspect of puberty and sexuality. The final touch is a brilliant reversible dust jacket, a piece of sheer genius which if desired can be used to conceal the cover proper – an agreeable integral (‘Dutch binding’) example – from the outside world.

 

Panel members did find themselves wondering who would actually buy this book. However, it was noted that those with teenage offspring wasted no time in buying a copy to take home.

 

Author Niki Padidar/NTR; Juliette van Paridon/NTR (concept)

Year 2017

Language Dutch

Edited by Janneke Steinz

Publisher Uitgeverij de Harmonie, Amsterdam

Designer Es & Zn – Esther de Boer, Amsterdam

Prepress Es & Zn – Esther de Boer, Amsterdam

Printer via Grafistar, Lichtenvoorde

Binder via Grafistar, Lichtenvoorde

Size 170 x 240 x 14 mm

Number of pages 224 p.

Print run 10,000

Price € € 25.00

ISBN 978 94 63360 06 7

Font Logical (Edgar Walthert), Pressura (Grilli Type)

Binding style integral binding with a dust jacket

Material 120gsm Amber Graphic (Antalis), 210gsm Symbol Card Premium White (Fedrigoni, memory game cards), 0.1 mm transparent foil (glasses), 125gsm glossy self adhesive white (stickers); 140gsm Amber Graphic (Antalis) (endpapers); 240gsm Symbol Card Premium White (Fedrigoni) (binding); 150gsm Lumi Gloss (Grafo Lit) (dust jacket)