Opičák Sun

3rd place

Just like the main character of Sun Wu-kchung, the monkey king, this is a lively and playful book. There is always something going on – coloured and black and white illustrations alternate, as do capital and small letters, white and multi-coloured pages, etc. The playfulness and rhythm is also underlined by the original narrative verse of a mythical tale. There is a short list of prominent characters and phenomena that form the myth. This approach reminds me of a computer game in which we use an avatar to help overcome and acquire super powers and new skills.

Rufina Bazlova
Art Panel member

Author: Jan Jiráň
Illustrations: Zdeněk Sklenář
Book design: Petr Bosák, Robert Jansa (20YY Designers)
Publisher: Galerie Zdeněk Sklenář
Print: Indigoprint
ISBN 978-80-87430-84-2

Subject: The Most Beautiful Czech Books 2021
Title: Opičák Sun
Licence: Free license

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