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Ilja Karsikas

Amos ja sumupuu

Published by Etana Editions

Printed and bound by Livonia Print

Reproduced by Etana Editions

Graphic design Jenni Erkintalo, Réka Király

Illustration Ilja Karsikas

Paper Amber Graphic 200g

Typeface Arno Pro

When dad vanishes into the fog tree the colour scheme turn from the brightest orange into the grey. Use of additional colour and the contrast support the story. A controlled, stylish entity.

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Sanna Mander


Published by Schildts & Söderströms

Printed and bound by Oy Nord Print Ab

Graphic design and illustration Sanna Mander

Paper Munken Lynx 150g, Geltex Y

Typeface Futura

This book about many odd tenants in a tower-block of flats is pleasantly tall and narrow. Every spread opens a door to a new, unexpected apartment. Book oozes sense of amazement all the way to its striped headband.

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Leena Parkkinen - Jussi Karjalainen

Pikkuveli ja mainio harharetki

Published by Teos Publishers

Printed and bound by Otavan Kirjapaino Oy

Graphic design and illustration Jussi Karjalainen

Paper Munken Lynx

Typeface Minion

Format narrow and tall decides the shape of the illustrations in this book. Full-page graphics with wild and zany characters and colours excite. Colourful vignettes and initials burst out of the text column.

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Anja Portin - Aino-Maija Metsola

Ava ja oikukas trumpetti

Published by WSOY

Printed and bound by Livonia Print

Reproduced by Keski-Suomen Sivu Oy

Graphic design and illustration Aino-Maija Metsola

Paper Munken Lynx 150g

Typeface Baskerville 10 Pro, hand lettering

The outlook of the book rings and resonates with the story. Aquarelle illustrations wake up and glow tenderly on warm-white paper. Text matter rests well in the space around illustrations and hand-written onomatopoeia slides in effortlessly.

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