3.25.2011

CHILDREN'S BOOKSHELF: Victor Chizhikov


I found some great old children's books on my most recent trip overseas, and here I present the holy grail of them all, this German edition of a Russian folktake "Wie Der Wolf Ein Liedchen Sang" (something like "A Song Like the Wolf's Song") illustrated by Victor Chizhikov. I found it crammed into a shelf in a tiny magical old bookshop in Berlin. Chizhikov began as a caricaturist and went on to illustrate countless childrens books. He also created the beloved Misha, the mascot character for the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Not much of his artwork seems to be online, so I'm happy to share some pictures from this title which showcases his gorgeous illustrations. Click these to see the details enlarged, and find a few more at my Flickr page.









7 comments:

mythopolis said...

Cool. My translation of the title would be something like: As the wolf...or The way the wolf... sang a little song. (-chen added to -lied' suggesst a little song, maybe like a little rhyme or ditty.)

Laura@popdesign said...

What a beautiful find, thanks for sharing!

Sam's Myth said...

Thanks for the help on the title, Dad... You speak a little German?

Maybe some other German-speaking readers can help out with a better translation of this title...

Erica Jacobson said...

If you haven't checked out the "This Is" series of children's books by Miroslav Sasek, do a quick Google Image search. His "This Is London" got me hooked when I was really young.

Erica Jacobson said...

Definitely check out Miroslav Sasek's "This Is..." series of children's book. "This Is London" got me hooked on his stuff young.

Sam's Myth said...

I love those Sasek books! I just got "This is Ireland" actually!

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Beautiful.