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Miroslav Šašek (The Illustrators)

Martin Salisbury, Quentin Blake, Claudia Zeff


An introduction to Miroslav Šašek, the world-famous creator of the This is series of children’s books

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‘The paintings and drawings of Mirolsav Šašek are entirely convincing and always charming’ Oliver Jeffers

Miroslav Šašek’s signature This is travel books have delighted children around the world for decades. Featuring many surprises from the Šašek Foundation archive in his native Prague, this book shines a light on the mystery man behind the series and some of his less well-known creations.

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'For a large number of humans on earth, their first cultural encounter with the feeling of many cities or countries, came from the pens and brushes of Miroslav Šašek. Paintings and drawings that were part realism, part gestural, but entirely convincing and always charming'
Oliver Jeffers

'Overall, this sharply focused, beautifully designed book is as immersive, informative and fun for the adult reader as any of the 'This is…' titles remain for children'
V&A Magazine

'A fascinating overview from author [Martin Salisbury] and a hugely welcome addition to this important series'

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 24.5 x 18.7 cm

Extent: 112 pp

Publication date: 30 September 2021

ISBN: 9780500023341

Contents List

1. Early childhood and education
2. The 1930s and wartime
3. Into exile
4. This is – the early days
5. A new family
6. A growing reputation
7. Success and acclaim
8. Changing times
9. Other projects
10. The later years

About the Author

Martin Salisbury is Professor of Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, where he leads the renowned MA Children’s Book Illustration programme. He has previously chaired
the international jury at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, and been a member of the jury at the Global Illustration Awards in China. His books include Children’s Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling and The Illustrated Dust Jacket: 1920–1970.