Their Own Shadows

L’ombre de chacun, by Mélanie Rutten

This is the story of a melancholy deer, a sporty cat, a little lost soldier, a rabbit that isn’t big enough and a silent shadow. Their paths cross and they walk together toward a mountain, near a volcano, with an underground river and under the starry vault…A coming-of-age story, where the characters learn to live together, comparing their views on separation, absence and change. A large choir book (written in coloured ink, solidified in walnut shell), which deals with time, the stars, fear and how to grow up.

Hardcover picture book, 56 pages, 21.5 x 28cm

Rights sold: Simplified Chinese, Dutch, English (World), Korean, Polish, Turkish, Spanish (World)

Fiction mention at Bologna Ragazzi Award 2014: “A flowing, expressive line and delicate transparent washes characterize Rutten’s highly individual visual language. She creates a world of anthropomorphic creatures and walking books that are somehow immediately convincing as they lead us into their bizarre world, a world that is nevertheless full of warmth and friendship.” said the Jury

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