The Story of Ink Drop and Snowflake / The Story of Snowflake and Ink Drop by Alessandro Gatti and Pierdomenico Baccalario
Published by Enchanted Lion Books
The Story of Ink Drop and Snowflake and it's pair the The Story of Snowflake and Ink Drop is an interesting concept for a book. In this book the individual stories of Ink Drop and Snowflake are told in a flip-book manner, with both stories culminating in the meeting of Snowflake and Ink Drop.
In one half of the story we have in drop who hopes to be a drop among the pages of art, living among the flowers and dramatic scenes. She hopes that the wind stirring in the room she stands in will blow her to one of the pieces. However, a strong gust knows the bottle of ink over dashing her dreams. Or does it? Fortunately for Ink drop, Snow flake was beneath the window she fell and the two join to become their own piece of art. The joining is also a blessing for Snowflake who was feeling so alone.
In the Story of Snowflake and Inkdrop the reader meets Snowflake who has been waiting for a chance to journey down to the town below his cloud. He dreams of playing with the people below and can't wait to share adventures with them. However, he comes across Inkdrop falling from the wind. "All at once, Snowflake wanted to hug her tight. May I? he asked. Yes," Inkdrop replied. Upon their joining he felt happier than he ever had before.
The large hard-book format lends itself well to the stunning illustrations by Simona Mulazzani which really make this story come to life. The way the two stories intersect has been done superbly with the inclusion of a black and white shadow page.
This book is for the child in any adult, it is a true work of art. Cut out ink blots and snowflakes over colourful scenery helps tell the story just as much as the physical works. An interesting book to be sure.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Alessandro Gatti and Pierdomenico Baccalario
Illustrated: Simona Mulazzani
Title: The Story of Ink Drop and Snowflake / The Story of Snowflake and Ink Drop
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Published: November 2015
Age: 6 +