Saturday, 15 March 2014

Lisbeth Zwerger - Leonce and Lena



Illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger has won almost every accolade that can be awarded to an illustrator, and is one of my favourites in the genre of children's book illustration. I was excited then to have her latest book arrive on my doorstep recently. Leonce and Lena is the comic story of two royals - Prince Leonce, and Princess Lena, and adapted from the well-known play by Georg Buchner. It was written in 1836 and is like a Shakespearian tale of mistaken identity in which the two main characters are due to wed, but are unaware that it is to each other, and how they eventually fall in love and their true identities are revealed.

It is good to see Zwerger's work develop with the inclusion of collage in this and the last few books that she has published. The use of patterned and marbled papers adds a nice textural element to her beautiful watercolour illustrations. A welcome addition to my collection.









Lisbeth Zwerger - Leonce and Lena
NorthSouth Books