Text: Wojciech Widłak
Illustrations: Paweł Pawlak
15 x 19 cm
The Main Award of The Committee on the Protection of The Rights of the Child 2010
Nomination for The Book of the Year Award by the Polish Section of IBBY, 2009
This is an absurd back-to-front manual including a comic verse about some nonsense ways of using a hammer. So what is a hammer NOT for?
For boiling water, brushing your teeth, or playing chess… This charming, funny book is a masterful display by the illustrator Paweł Pawlak. He skillfully mixes drawings, collage, old stamps and seals, and judggles letters to perfection. Whether it is and endpaper, a cover, the pagination, the publisher’s imprint or the headers, every single element is treated to the illustrator’s touch and subjected to his will. Even the joke of adapting the publisher’s logo – a red ponny – into a donkey contrubiters to the book’s absurdity.