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6.13.2014

The Book of Complements (2013)

Written and Illustrated by David Rowinski

Inknbeans Press

David Rowinski is 51 years old and splits his time between Kenya, Tanzania and Massachusetts.

"I was not planning on doing another picture book," he told me. "But was in a friend's bookstore, looking at books of opposites-a confining way of thinking, so I thought: I am going to write a book of complements."











This is a difficult book to describe. It's 60 pages long, divided into two sections which... complement each other. It appears to be a creation myth, steeped in symbolism, but is also an allegory for elements of perceived opposition, all things working together.

Come on, I'm usually the first person to roll his eyes if I think something is being overly artsy or pretentious. You'll have to trust me when I tell you that there is something real here. The text and the images work. Reading it was an experience.

"It has morphed beyond a children’s book," he says. "Into something somewhat unclassifiable that I am tentatively calling graphic poetry or illustrated myth."

Book launch at Amherst Books

1 comment:

  1. Very nice! I love how David says that it has morphed beyond a children's book. Love the artwork too. Nice, very nice.

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