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A lyrical book about the adventure of life, The Forest is also a magnificent visual work, both painterly and a technical feat of paper engineering. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592702183
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 342,642
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Riccardo Bozzi is a journalist and has worked for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera since 1990. He is the author of The World Belongs to You, illustrated by Olimpia Zagnoli (Templar/Candlewick, 2013) and Cher auteur, illustrated by Giancarlo Ascari and Pia Valentinis (Hélium, 2016).

Violeta Lopiz is a Berlin-based Spanish illustrator. She has illustrated numerous books including The Forest (Enchanted Lion Books, 2018),  Amigos do Peito  (Bruaa, 2014), and Les poings sur les iles  (Editions du Rouergue, 2011), which received the CJ Picture Book Award 2011 in the New Books category. She has participated in exhibitions in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Israel, Turkey, USA, Japan, Korea, and more. El Cultural, the supplement of El Mundo, considers her one of the top ten names of contemporary Spanish illustration. Her work can be found in bookstores, streets, fairs, newspapers, and the thousands of notebooks that she leaves scattered around.

Valerio Vidali is an Italian illustrator of children's books. His book Jemmy Button (Templar/Candlewick, 2013), co-authored with Jennifer Uman, was selected by the New York Times as one of the 10 Best Illustrated Books of 2013.


When you first saw The Forest, did you pause over the velum jacket? Did you notice it wrapping around the flaps like a fog? Did you take it off to see what lay beneath? Did you spy the lone explorer strolling through the mist?

Did you try to flip through quickly? Or did you go slowly through its thick pages from the beginning? Do the round folds feel good underneath your fingertips?

Did you notice the embossing first? Or was it the die-cuts? Or perhaps even the tiger staring through a young boy’s mouth?

Did you take the book outside to see the light play over its pages? Or did you run your hands across each face, then across each and every page, searching for the humans—the hieroglyphics—that make up the texture of the forest?

Reading The Forest is unlike anything else. Each page is a discovery—an opened flap can mean the difference between a conversation with yourself and with another, between microscopic bacteria and the infinite cosmos. And the best part of any discovery is sharing it with others. We hope you enjoy.

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