I had a sleepless night the other night and fairly quickly worked through the nine picture books. I think all of them require a decent-sized screen to really appreciate; but I also think all of them could be bought for the small person of your choice. As is my usual habit, I'm listing them here in my reverse order of preference, with my favourite kept till last.
Portugal: Trocoscópio, by Bernardo P. Carvalho. Third page:
A series of geometrical drawings, into which you can project your own story. You can get it on the European Readr site here, or a hard copy from Amazon here.
Spain: La Ciudad (The City), by Roser Capdevila. Third page:
France: Sortie de nuit (A Night Journey), by Laurie Agusti. Third page:
Imago smells something different. In the crowd, with no nectar, he is still hungry.
Imago the butterfly flies on a somewhat creepy journey through the city at night. I have to say that knowing how fragile butterflies are, I found this really creepy, especially when we meet the dark butterflies towards the end. Perhaps I am overthinking, but this one did not help me sleep. You can get it on the European Readr site here, or a hard copy from Amazon in French here.
Netherlands: In de tuin (In the garden), by Noëlle Smit. Third page:
March Spring is coming. Look, the first crocuses!
A straightforward set of pictures of a market garden through the twelve months of the year, which would appeal a lot to people who are more interested in gardening than I am, and to their children. You can get it on the European Readr site here, or a hard copy from Amazon in Dutch here or in English translation here.
Hungary: Otthon, by Kinga Rofusz. Third page:
Denmark: Hr. Alting (Mr Everything), by Bente Olesen Nyström. Third page:
Finland: Meidän piti lähteä (We Had to Leave), by Sanna Pelliccioni. Third page:
Austria: Fridolin Franse frisiert (Fridolin’s Hair Salon), by Michael Roher. Third page:
A customer comes into Fridolin's hair salon with very long hair, in which a vast number of stories are concealed. Maybe I'm easily pleased but this was sheer delight. You can get it on the European Readr site here, or a hard copy from Amazon in German here.
Belgium: Mijn straat: een wereld van verschil (My Street: a world of difference), by Ann De Bode. Third page:
At Jona's (Jona is from Israel)
I don't think it's just patriotic fervour on my part; the Belgian entry is really good, a series of vignettes of life on an urban street (probably Antwerp) where everyone has character without veering into thoughtless stereotypes, with everyone looking forward to the street party at the end. (And then I had to go back and look for the hidden gnome in each picture.) Loved it and will look out for other work by this artist. You can get it on the European Readr site here, or a hard copy from the publisher in Dutch here.
This leafing through nine of the 27 books was prompted by insomnia, but I think I'll try and work through the other eighteen now, and hopefully while I am awake.