The Forest

The Forest


Author: Riccardo Bozzi | Illustrators: Violeta Lopiz & Valerio Vidali | Paperback

A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2018
A Brain Pickings Best Children's Book of 2018
A 2018 CBC Hot Off the Press selection
Selected for exhibition in the 2018 Society of Illustrators Original Art show

A book about the journey of life, from our wide-eyes of childhood through the tangles and brambles, into our end.

The Forest is a magnificent visual work, both painterly and a technical feat of paper engineering, about the adventure of life. Here, sensory experience and the textures of the material world are rendered through die-cuts, embossing, cutouts, and two gatefolds. A beautifully considered work.

Riccardo Bozzi was born in Milan in 1966. He is a journalist for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

Violeta Lópiz is an illustrator from the Spanish island of Ibiza. Her beautifully textured work is filled with personality and playfulness.

Valerio Vidali is an Italian illustrator based in Berlin. Vidali enjoys botanical gardens and spends his spare time building kites that rarely fly.


★ "Uncommonly beautiful...the sheer marvel of the design, together with the inclusive, open-ended mystery of what lies beyond the forest, makes this a wondrous piece of bookmaking for all ages. Much like a poem, it will evoke new emotions and layers of meaning with repeated readings." --Publishers Weekly

"The Forest is one of the richest, most surprising picture books I've ever read. A true work of art in every sense, including as bookmaking. It's a landmark."--Bruce Handy, Author of Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult

"The vibrant forest and its creatures peeking through the die-cut eyes of the barely visible faces remind us that the human role in nature is not that of conqueror or king but of humble witness and passing visitor." --Maria Popova, Brain Pickings