As the jury of Bologna Children’s Book Fair said: “The inventive modular composition of this vibrant book combines a repeated series of simple geometrical shapes in primary colours. No exercise in abstract painting, it is an original attempt to give visual form to tongue twisters and the difficulty of pronouncing certain words very fast. Cleverly crafted juxtaposition of the images hides the words, which if pronounced wrongly, lead to an amusing jumble of the patterns.”
The illustrations of the book represent visually the confusion that happens when tongue twisters are read out loud. Made from a burst of simple shaped and modular Arabic letters, these hand-made illustrations play on the meaning of each tongue twister and take readers into a visual world that’s as confusing and fun as the verbal one.
The illustrations hide the words of each tongue twister in a witty puzzle for readers to decipher.
Written by Fatima Sharafeddine
Published by Kalimat Publishing
Illustrated by me
With the help of Adrea Choukeir in the hand coloring