Where Is Ludwig?
Floor Rieder (b. 1985) won the Golden Paint Brush, the country’s most prestigious illustration prize for children’s books, with her debut Het raadsel van alles wat leeft (written by Jan Paul Schutten, published in English as The Mystery of Life).
Her first picture book is also a great hit. This has the shape of a concertina book and, on the front and back, tells two mirrored stories. In the first, a woman is walking down the street, looking for her cat, while in the second you can see what the cat is getting up to inside the neighbours’ houses.
The book looks like a house, while folded out it becomes a street, drawn in Rieder’s distinctive graphic style with ‘dirty’ colours. Jokes are hidden within the details, turning Rieder’s stunning illustrations into layered pictures with plenty to look for and find.