Il sospiro della mamma



“What is a sigh made of?”
A mother’s sigh is made of worries and tiredness, but the little ones do not know what it is, otherwise they would be… big! What can they do then to make this sigh lighter? And what can daddy do?

This volume stems from the need to recount in pictures the affection between children and their parents, leaving, as is the artist’s custom, the few words associated with the evocative power of images to communicate to us the profound sense of this relationship. The eleven illustrated plates that make up this work tell of small and essential emotions waiting to be discovered.

Lazy Dog’s first book for very young children is dedicated to all mothers and the weight they are able to carry on their shoulders, but also to all the families who bend over backwards to share it.

Text and illustrations by Ayumi Kudo
Book design Bunker

24 × 16 cm
24 pages
Isbn 978-88-98030-47-7
First published May 2022


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    Franco Matticchio’s women’s faces are serious and enigmatic, he draws them out of the blue on every piece of paper he comes across, from a letter envelope to the page of a book or the “The New Yorker”.

    They are the faces he encounters on the street, at the station, that he observes in his daily life and that accumulate and overlap in his personal visual imagination. Matticchio’s attention is captured by women of inconspicuous beauty, whose impassive expressions are united by a certain intensity and pride in their gaze. Over the years, the illustrator has continued to return to this inexhaustible subject, using every medium: pastels, watercolours, acrylics or even simply an Indian ink pen or pencil, always placing these figures against neutral backgrounds or in bare environments without temporal references, succeeding in subtraction to heighten the intimacy of the scenes and create suspended and rarefied atmospheres.

    Over time, Matticchio has amassed a veritable collection of female faces, almost never made on commission and mostly unpublished: a conspicuous body of drawings in which one can find the unmistakable style of the illustrator but at the same time find it hard to recognise that surreal and ironic vein that is one of his main distinguishing features. In fact, when Matticchio finds himself drawing a woman’s face, he only acts as a fascinated and discreet observer of the profound and mysterious complexity of the female soul.

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    Edited by Melania Gazzotti
    Texts by Ugo Cornia, Melania Gazzotti and Rosanna Padrini Dolcini
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    Katsumi Komagata’s ‘Book of Books’, an essential work by the author published in 2013 by Les Trois Ourses, now appears for the first time in a bilingual Italian and English version, in a revamped and updated edition. Komagata needs no introduction: it suffices to mention the two instances with which he revolutionised children’s publishing. Starting from an interweaving of his life with his young daughter Aï and the plastic experiments that characterised his training, Komagata manages to forge a new artistic sensibility through the extreme simplification of shapes and colours.

    In his books, the author accounts for the infant’s point of view on the world and, following his growth processes, he follows the development of his perception, realising a true study that is not only pedagogical but also anthropological. Moreover, his way of understanding children’s publishing is revolutionary in that the volumes themselves are true design objects: pop-up techniques, the Japanese art of origami or the tangram are just some of the many examples with which the author recovers the material value of any book, in a rich encounter of colours, shapes and sensory stimuli. In doing so, the sensitivity that transpires from his books cannot but broaden the audience, reaching even adults.

    In the 192 pages of this monograph, more than 100 illustrations offer a comprehensive view of his works. The book is aimed at all admirers of the figure of Komagata and what he represents for publishing, design and the graphic arts worldwide. The new edition in Italian and English also includes the titles published by One Stroke, the author’s agency and publishing house, over the last 5 years.

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    Seven incredible drawings of the same landscape, portrayed from 1953 to 1972, and how it changes in such a short time. The debut work by Swiss artist and illustrator Jörg Müller, first published in 1973 and thanks to which the author made an international name for himself, was then something completely new in the world of picture books and is today as relevant as ever.

    No words, it is only the plates that speak and a date that marks time: where there was a meadow, a stream, a house painted with vegetable gardens and flowering trees, shortly afterwards there is also a tractor and a train passing in the background. Page after page the forest and the stream are gone, chimneys and industrial plants arrive, the painted house is demolished to make way for a busy motorway and a supermarket.

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    It was precisely in those years that Hirayama’s company distinguished itself in the production of fireworks, making notable technical innovations that culminated in a new expressive horizon: from the exclusive use of orange hues, it moved on to a riot of colours.

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Il sospiro della mamma