The Green-eyed Mouse and the Blue-eyed Mouse by Bob Gill / ISBN 9780714848877 / 28-page hardcover reprint, 10.5 x 6.5 inches, from Phaidon Press
Rest in the peace Bob Gill
There once was a mouse called Noah with green eyes. He lived in a hole almost all the time. One day as he was thinking about going out, he saw a blue eye staring at him from outside his hole. At the same time all of this was happening, a mouse called Raffaella was passing by, and thinking she would like to explore a little, looked into the hole and saw a green eye. Noah had never seen a blue eye before and he imagined it belonged to a dragon, or something even worse. Raffaella had never seen a green eye before and she imagined it belonged to a murderer, or a traffic warden. Noah then thought that the blue eye belonged to a snake. Then Raffaella thought it was a cat's green eye that she saw. 'Who are you?' 'Who are you?' 'I'll tell you if you'll tell me first'. 'Why should I tell you first?' By using a creative layout with a real hole in each page, the reader enters the imaginative minds of two little mice and thinks of what kind of animal the other could be until the very end when, on the count of three, Noah comes out of his hole. This is a cleverly and beautifully designed book by world renowned and acclaimed graphic designer and teacher, Bob Gill. This book playfully stimulates a child's imagination.
After working as a freelance illustrator and designer in New York, Bob Gill (b. 1931) moved to London in 1960, where he joined Alan Fletcher and Colin Forbes to create a design agency that became the precursor of Pentagram. He resumed his freelance career as an illustrator, designer, teacher, film-maker and author of children's books in 1967, and returned to New York in 1975. His clients include Pirelli, Universal Pictures, Nestle and the United Nations, and he has written a number of books on graphic design.