New York in Pyjamarama Written by Michaël Leblond and illustrated by Frédérique Bertrand. Pheonix Yard Books. 2012
This is book like no other - or at least no other that i’ve seen. It’s about a boy who explores the city of New York in his magical pyjamas. Quite normal. But where this books comes alive is the fact that the pictures can move with the aid of a magical sheet of acetate.
The images of New York are all iconic, Yellow Taxis, Skyscrapers and the bright shiny lights of Broadway. The collaged graphics are all colourful and simple yet carefully composed to sit well when they’re still and come alive when in motion.
The book could have quite easily been done as an app but it wasn’t. Its a book, a tactile book that needs to be moved around and explored. And thats what i love about it the most.
Although this book is mostly created by collages Bertrand is a master of piecing paint and drawing together. Check out more of her stuff here.
New York in Pyjamarama was first published in French by Editions du Rouergue. Do check them out, their books are amazing
Oh and there’s a great little video of the book in all its moving glory here.