This Thing Called Life by Christian Borstlap / ISBN 9783791374437 / 56-page hardcover, 8.6 x 11.3 inches, from Prestel publishing
From the smallest specks of life to the largest creatures, this engaging picture book shows the many shapes and forms life takes all around us.
What is life? It's constantly moving, growing, reproducing, and dying. It's happening now, all the time, and it's everywhere around us. From little helicopter seed pods that float through the air to blue whales in the ocean, the world is filled with all different types of odd and familiar kinds of life. This whimsical picture book helps young readers see the connections between all living things. Author and illustrator Christian Borstlap's furry, feathery, smooth, and spiky creatures crawl, eat, growl, fly, and interact with one another. While most of his creations are imaginary animals, they all depict real things that organisms must do to survive and thrive. Bold and quirky illustrations tug at kids' imaginations and help demonstrate complex concepts that can be hard to put into words. The book leaves lots of room for discussion and for new discoveries with each reading.
CHRISTIAN BORSTLAP is an illustrator, designer, art director, and founder of Part of a Bigger Plan, a creative agency whose clients include Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Apple, Vogue, Rijksmuseum, and many others. This is his first picture book.