Illustrator

Ceseli Josephus Jitta

For Ceseli Josephus Jitta (b. 1952), independent artwork and the creation of picture books are different forms of expression for her artistic skill. That skill is considerable and multi-faceted and has been honed at the Académie Julien (Paris) and the Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam). She takes a daring approach to both her art and her picture books, employing a variety of techniques and bold colours. Her first picture book, Jan Jappie en de Veelvraat (1999) was promptly rewarded with a ‘Vlag en Wimpel’ and the illustrations were selected for the exhibition Dutch Oranges (Bologna, 2001). Jitta’s lively and varied compositions are always surprising. Furthermore, she avoids any overlap of text and picture, which means her stories can be seen and listened to on different levels, lending a poetic subtlety to the everyday. Lola en de leasekat is her fifth large-format picture book.

Lola and the Lease Cat

Lola and the Lease Cat

Lola en de leasekat (Lola and the Lease Cat) is an innovative picture book that is both contemporary and universal, telling a story which has a wide scope and yet is written with touching simplicity. In short, straightforward sentences, without lapsing into easy sentiment, Ceseli Josephus Jitta touchingly relates how people, as they get older, inevitably have to say goodbye to each other and to life. This includes Lola and ‘her Jan’, who have been together for a lifetime. ‘One day Jan falls down. His heart has stopped.’ After fifty-six years together, Lola is on her own.

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