Czech Illustrators at Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Published February 4, 2020

Jan Šrámek and Veronika Vlková got to the prestigious exhibition organized by the International Children’s Book Fair in Bologna. They came to a selection of 76 artists from around the world. The jury selected more than 2.5 thousand artists.

The book To je metro, čéče! (It’s a Subway, Man!), published last year at the Paseka Publishing House, combines encyclopedic data on the Prague subway with the story of a little boy and his grandfather. Among other things, the book shows what all trains looked like, how many kilometers they had, which route they were, how long the platforms were, how fast escalators traveled, and how tunnels were cleaned.

The illustrations in the book were made by a combined technics. Šrámek’s vector drawings created on the computer are connected with the watercolors that make up Vlková. In the same way, for example, their illustrations in the book Pražské vize (Prague Visions).

The book fair and festival has been held regularly in Bologna since 1963 and is one of the most-watched events in the book world. This year’s Bologna festival will be held from March 30 to April 2. Part of the festival is an exhibition of illustrations that travels from Italy all over the world. Japan, Korea, and China will be among the first destinations this year, and the exhibition catalog is also distributed worldwide in English, Chinese, Italian, Japanese and Korean versions.