Publication Date: September 2012
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Back in print for the first time since the 1970s, these illustrated stories by one of the twentieth century’s great playwrights make ideal bedtime reading for young children. The silly” stories, as Ionesco called them, are accompanied by nearly 100 full-color illustrations, painstakingly restored by the artist for this brand new edition.
Etienne Delessert was born in 1941 in Switzerland. For more than thirty
years the self-taught artist has been translating his and the world's ideas,
passions, fantasies, and nightmares into the visual language of books,
magazine illustrations, posters, animated films, paintings, and sculptures.
His imaginary creatures and landscapes juxtapose chaos and order,
the familiar and the fantastic, the serious and the joyous, to clarify this
world and create new and surprising universes. Delessert has illustrated
more than eighty books, including collaborations with avant-garde playwright
Eugene Ionesco and renowned psychologist Jean Piaget. His internationally
acclaimed books have been translated into more than fifteen
languages and have garnered numerous awards and distinctions, including
ten gold medals from the American Society of Illustrators. He lives in
Connecticut with his wife, designer Rita Marshall, and their son Adrien.