Whose Is That Tail?
The idea is simple, in this fourth part of a series by Joukje Akveld. It’s a book with the same question on each page: which of the four animals on the right owns the tail on the left? You find out the answer by turning the page.
The details added by artist Martijn van der Linden raise this book above its concept: the dolphin has three handbags, the crocodile a flowery rucksack, the penguin is on a bike and towing a canoe full of books. Why? It doesn’t matter. Van der Linden has drawn it all in his own realistic style, with accurate anatomy and settings to match the animals. The absurd accessories offer a wonderful contrast to the perfect logic of the tail owners.