Posts Tagged ‘ISOL’

Isol visits Europe

September 15, 2016


On Saturday the 17th of September Isol, the 2013 laureate of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, will participate in Kolibrí – an artistic children’s festival in Helsinki. Among other things she will read stories and run a graphic workshop for children.

The visit to Helsinki is part of a tour to different European countries. Among other things Isol will also  be at the OBA, the public library in Amsterdam, on the 30th of September where there is an exhibition of her work.

Isol is an illustrator, cartoonist, graphic artist, writer, singer and composer. When she received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award the jury described her work like this:

“Taking children’s clear view of the world as her starting point, she addresses their questions with forceful artistic expression and offers open answers. With liberating humour and levity, she also deals with the darker aspects of existence.”

Learn more about the works of the laureates

August 22, 2014
The Arrival (2006) by Shaun Tan.

The Arrival (2006) by Shaun Tan.

The Book of Everything (2006) by Guus Kuijer.

The Book of Everything (2006) by Guus Kuijer.

Summer is almost over and a new term has started for most students. Now is perfect timing to read a new book, so why not let our reading guides inspire you? The guides contain an introduction of the author or illustrator, description of the contents, a suggested interpretation and topics for discussions. They are meant to be used in book circles, in schools or just as inspiration for further reading. Twelve books by ten laureates are available and easy to download for free, from Kitty Crowther’s Alors? for younger children, to Sonya Hartnett’s psychological novels for young adults and Shaun Tan’s completely wordless work The Arrival.

Petit, the Monster by Isol

It´s Useful to Have a Duck and Nocturne – Dream Recipes by Isol

The Book of Everything by Guus Kuijer

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Alors? by Kitty Crowther

Lénfant Racine by Kitty Crowther

The Devil Latch by Sonya Hartnett

The Ghost’s Child by Sonya Hartnett

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

Basu ni Notte by Ryôji Arai

Northen Lights by Philip Pullman

My Friend the Painter by Lygia Bojunga

Fly Away Home by Christine Nöstlinger

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Alors? (2006) by Kitty Crowther.

Alors? (2006) by Kitty Crowther.

For more tutorials, have a look at Sonya Hartnett’s web, link here. A tutorial for Shaun Tan’s latest book Rules of Summer can be found here.

Graphic design meet experimental music in Novela Grafica

June 12, 2014

SIMA is a project created by 2013 ALMA laureate Isol and her brother Zypce, who along with Nicolás Cecinini and Pablo  Chimenti  present a set of songs where poetic lyrics and simple melodies coexist with the experimentation of new sonorities and musical structures. The project is described like this:

Novela Gráfica is the successor  of SIMA (2008 ) , the group’s debut album. It will be jointly published by Noseso Records and Moebius as a book/object / cd in a limited edition that includes works by 11 international artists who illustrated comics as they where videos of  the 11 songs on the album. The edition features Laura Varsky graphic design and art cover and interiors work of Liliana Porter.

The album / graphic object will be manufactured at the end of July and will be exclusive presale on a platform Ideame , cheaper than it will have on live concerts and distribution points promo price.

The backers that accomplish the advance purchase will participate in a private event where they will receive their copy of Novela Grafica,  and according the combo that you pick to collaborate you  could get tickets with special locations for the official presentation of the album of August 14 th at  ND / Ateneo. In the foyer of this beautiful theater, originals and reproductions of cover art  will be exhibited , PLUS some of the authors and guest artists will participate in a illustration jam with live sonic improvisations by Sergio Merce, on his microtonal sax.

Isol in Lillehammer

May 23, 2014

A few shoots from the Norwegian Festival of Literature, which is going on right now (until May 25) in Lillehammer. Among the guests are Isol and ALMA jury member Ulla Rhedin.

Photo: Isol

Photo: Isol

On Wednesday, Isol had a public conversation with illustrator Per Dybvig. Photo: Isol

On Wednesday, Isol had a public conversation with illustrator Per Dybvig. Photo: Isol


Working with Nocturno! Photo: Isol

Working with Nocturno! Photo: Isol


Isol’s program in Bologna

March 21, 2014

There´s a lot going on in Bologna next week in connection with the Children’s Book Fair. Last year’s ALMA laureate Isol has an extensive program. Have a look at these lovely posters.
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Isol exhibition

Workshop by Isol in Bologna

February 21, 2014


Building A Dialogue between Images and Texts. That´s the theme for Isol’s workshop for illustrators, designers and illustration amateurs at bookshop Zoo in Bologna during the Bologna Children’s Book Fair on March 24 and 25.

The workshop is both theoretical and practical, but above all it focuses on the development of the illustrator’s or the designer’s skills as author of his/her own stories, playing with free and personal associations about drawing materials.

Illustration from Isol’s Secreto de familia (2003) on the poster (which just has been released in Japanese).

Isol's leading a workshop in Mexico City, December 2013. Photo: Helen Sigeland

Isol’s leading a workshop in Mexico City, December 2013. Photo: Helen Sigeland


Ulla Rhedin about the new reading guides on books by Isol

February 10, 2014
Ulla Rhedin and Isol during the Award week in Stockholm, May 2013. Photo: Stefan Tell

Ulla Rhedin and Isol during the Award week in Stockholm, May 2013. Photo: Stefan Tell

Today, new reading guides on books by this year’s laureate Isol are published on ALMA:s web; It’s Useful to Have a Duck, Nocturne – Dream Recipes and Petit, the Monster. The reading guides are written by jury member Ulla Rhedin, PhD in Comparative Literature and picture books specialist.

Why should people read the reading guides? What is it that you want readers to reflect on?

For an adult, reading a book together with a child is like arranging to meet up in an unknown world. Each time, the child and I are setting out on a walk together that will change us both simultaneously and build shared memories that transcend all age differences.

My idea with the reading guides is that they should serve as introductions to the author’s work and provide some background information on the picture book in question: for instance, by describing how the author’s narrative techniques, in both words and pictures, have evolved and varied over the course of the author’s career. As the author of a reading guide, I take on the task of trying to stimulate adult curiosity about and interest in the book I am introducing; of “opening up” the book to someone who is going to share it with others; of bringing to bear the judgement that I hope I have developed in the course of the “10,000 hours” I have devoted over the years to studying, researching and teaching others about picture books.

One possible approach is to pose questions to the adult reader about particular aspects, to provide gateways to different interpretations or point out specific aspects that less familiar readers might not discover with ease. Ultimately this is a matter of “hermeneutics”, of setting in motion an interpretive process that may open unimagined doors to the work, the contemporary world and the reader’s own soul. This is what I regard as the essential element in literary or “aesthetic” reading to children.

Another possible approach is to suggest how the adult can open up the book to the child. In this case, it is more about methodology and educational theory, and about having a purpose other than the actual reading experience: for instance, using the book as an aid in opening up the world to the child. Here, it is a matter of “efferent” reading, of “taking away” information from reading the book.

House of Culture in Stockholm. Ulla Rhedin and Isol. Photo: Stefan Tell.

House of Culture in Stockholm. Ulla Rhedin and Isol. Photo: Stefan Tell.

You write that readers of all ages may find It’s Useful to Have a Duck amusing. What do you mean by that?

At first sight, It’s Useful to Have a Duck looks as if it’s intended to be “baby’s first book”. With its fun accordion-style format and hard-wearing board, it is a book with many playful aspects. The game of “let’s read a book” between adult and child is just one example. You can build things with the book and reshape it a little if you wish. But what’s really special about this book – and Isol’s books in general – is that it contains something surprising, an unexpected turn or twist that intensifies the reading experience and enriches your relationship with the book the more you read it. Isol often uses a double perspective, which may be in the language, as it is here, or in the pictures, as in Petit, the Monster, where outlines, colours and shadows tell an expanded story. The skilful way that Isol handles these subtexts allows her books to be read on multiple levels. The child is constantly discovering something new, while the adult is rewarded on a perhaps more profound psychological level.

What makes Isol’s artistry so unique, in your opinion?

Isol’s artistry is unique in that she seems to constantly be in process, to be investigating new ways to tell stories through picture books. What’s also unique is her ability to reflect on what she does – ambitions and achievements alike. This combination of theoretical and artistic awareness makes her unusually fascinating to follow.

Link to Reading Guide on It’s Useful to Have a Duck and Nocturne – Dream Recipes.

Link to Reading Guide on Petit, the Monster.

Interview with Isol in N22

December 17, 2013

Irma Gallo, reporter at Mexican culture channel N22, interviewed Isol during her participation at FIL Guadalajara.

At the Guadalajara Book Fair

December 5, 2013

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When in Guadalajara Isol met with many literary friends, among them the poet Jorge Luján, also from Argentina but living in Mexico. Isol has illustrated several of his books, among them Numeralia.

Isol participated in several workshops for children at the fair and in the book shop Librería José Luis Martinez, where the children had had read Secreto de Familia in advance and then made drawings of invented strange family members.

An outdoor exhibition with Isol’s illustrations were inagurated before she left Guadalajara at Museo El Trompo Mágico, an interactive eventful place for play and knowledge. People waiting in the cars during traffic stockings can now see illustrations from Intercambio Cultural, Vida de Perros asnd La Bella Griselda. Finally Isol started drawing an illustration on the museum wall (with the help of her son Antón) and children from neighbourhood schools compleated the drawing.

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All photos are taken by Helen Sigeland.

Success for Isol in Mexico City

November 29, 2013


Before going to the international book fair in Guadalajara, the award office and Isol spent two days in Mexico City to meet media and to lead workshops with children.

The first day consisted of interviews with newspapers and Tv channels in the morning at the book shop la libreria Rosario Castellanos, owned by Fundo de Cultura Economica. This was followed by a public program, which turned out to be a huge success.

Isol started out in the auditorium (attended by approx. 150 people) by reading some of her books and showing images from books like Cosas Que Pasan, Numeralia and Nocturne. This was followed by a workshop for children, with paper on the floor where the children were invited to draw their dreams (lots of adults participated as well). Then Isol signed books – for four hours! Guess if the queue was long…


The characters from Isol's Vida de Perros.

The characters from Isol’s Vida de Perros.


Children drawing their dreams.

Children drawing their dreams.




Look at the queue!

Look at the queue!


All photos are taken by Helen Sigeland.