Noëlle Smit

Naar de markt

Noëlle Smit has illustrated dozens of stories by other people — and now she has written her own picture book. To the Market is a wordless picture story of the kind made by Charlotte Dematons and Thé Tjong-Khing.

A timeless adventure about a girl and her mother at the market, with lovely side stories and little subplots. In full-spread illustrations packed with colourful designs, hats are tried on and fish are stolen by cheeky dachshunds.

Smit plays an ingenious game with perspective and shows her unique take on the world. Her style is often compared to that of Fiep Westendorp — because of its liveliness, its use of space, its humour. This compliment is very nice but it makes no sense: with her balanced compositions and surprising angles, Smit’s visual language most closely resembles that of Smit herself.

Smit’s glorious illustrations look slightly nostalgic and are exuberant in their use of colour.


Smit pulls out all the stops, making every picture a work of art in its own right.


Noëlle Smit

Noëlle Smit (b. 1972) studied at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. Since 1999 she has worked as a freelance illustrator. Her picture books have been published by various publishing houses and have been translated into ten languages. Noëlle has illustrated work by writers including Annie…

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Naar de markt (2017). Kinder- en jeugdboeken, 32 pagina's.


Noëlle Smit

Age: 3+
285 x 250 mm

Thema's: prentenboek



Weteringschans 259
NL - 1017 XJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 760 72 10

[email protected]

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