The 2006 Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration recognizes one of the great innovators and experimenters of contemporary children’s book illustration. Wolf Erlbruch masters an array of artistic registers, is as at home citing and combining artistic styles of the 19th and 20th centuries as he is inventing new ways to reach out to children of all ages. Sometimes simple and elemental, at other times dense and intricate, he is always playful, humorous, and philosophical.
“A magnificent book! This clever tale…leaves the young reader with a sense of wonder and empowerment.” — Madeline (Berlin)
“Erlbruch’s best book… The ‘invention of the butterfly’ is an original and poetic idea… Expressive illustrations perfectly depict the characters.” — Jochen Weber, The Goethe Institute