by: Sonja Danowski
Smon Smon by Sonja Danowski / ISBN 9780735843073 / 48-page hardcover, 9.5 x 12 inches, from NorthSouth Books.
A visionary book by this wonderful illustrator. It feels like a throwback to an earlier era of surreal European kids books.
Society of Illustrators, Original Art, 2018
Batchelder Honor Book recipient, Sonja Danowski, takes us on a journey into a beautiful, mysterious world where cooperation and generosity save the day and friendships make it wonderful.
The Smon Smon hangs its last ron ron next to its won won on a lon lon and floats away in a ton ton. But when the Smon Smon falls into a zon zon...what happens next is what makes any world worth being in.
A finely woven story.
Sonja Danowski was born in Iserlohn, Germany. She studied design in Nuremberg and since then has been working in Berlin as an illustrator. Her work focuses especially on picture books, using images to preserve human memories. Her colorful illustrations have won her many international awards, including the Golden Island Award in the Nami Island International Picture Book Illustration Concours 2015. Her first book for NorthSouth Books, Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village, was a Batchelder Honor Book.