Contemporary illustration is the defining factor of the artwork that accompanies the thought-provoking text in this book. Bold, strong lines and colour in abstract form fill the page with movement. That’s what this book is all about.
The evolution of man and beast, speed and travel – in fact any type of movement, is incorporated here. But it’s the speed of progress and the repercussions of man-made transport on the planet that is the underlying theme.
Told in a profound and accurate way in simple language, the story carries strong underlying environmental messages on the outcomes of the choices man has made in his eagerness to forge ahead. These messages will ignite awareness and encourage examination and deep thought about what we are doing to our earth.
Beautifully presented with examples and statistics on a variety of sea, land and air life, comparisons between man and animals are used to reinforce a powerful message - that we must care for what we have otherwise it will be lost forever.
This book affected me so deeply I had to read it several times. I thought of the futures of my children and grandchildren, and wondered how often leaders and decision-makers think that way too.
First published in Portuguese and Shortlisted for the Illustrarte Award for Contemporary Illustration for Children, this is the first English translation for this illuminating book about going and coming, and what lies in store for the world as we know it.
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis
Title: Coming and Going
Author: Isabel Minhos Martins & Bernardo Carvalho
Publisher: Tate/Thames & Hudson
Publication Date: $19.95 RRP