Fancy a new book for your coffee table? Are you fan of retro-modern design? Then One Thousand Things is the book for you. Oh, and if you happen to have a pre-schooler at home, they’ll love it too! A quick glance at the colourful pages of this gorgeous work of art shows it to be far more than just another book of first words. Its creator, the self-taught graphic designer, Anna Kövecses, skilfully uses muted colours and nostalgic minimalist designs to appeal to adults and children alike.
Adult readers will enjoy the strong sense of déjà-vu that is inevitable as they peruse the seven short chapters of carefully catalogued and clearly labelled illustrations. Children will love learning first words with lovely Little Mouse, who is waiting to be found in every scene. The questions posed on each page bring a clever interactive element to the book and will challenge children to go beyond mere vocabulary building and to contemplate more abstract concepts such as ‘What are the five senses?’ ‘What can you find in Space?’ or ‘What will you be when you grow up?’ The simple cut-out like shapes used by Kövecses could also inspire budding artists to imitate her designs and create little catalogues of their own.
This is a book that transports the older reader to a simpler time and introduces the early reader to a more complex and colourful reality. A must for every household!