If you know the name Dick Bruna, it’s probably because of his timeless Miffy series of books. But the Dutch illustrator has a career extending much further than that, with his first book dating back to 1953. That book, called The Apple, has just been republished 60 years later.
The Apple is the first of 124 books created by Bruna, the the world’s first glimpse at a style now familiar to millions worldwide. It was originally published in a rectangular hardback format, but in 1959 Dick Bruna changed the format of all his existing books to the small, square shape (16 x 16 cm) still used today. it is in this shape that the book returns.
It is one of three books issued, the others being The School, which has been out of print since 1968 and On My Scooter, which is a new release, but very much in the same style.
All three are available now from Foyles, which also hosts a Dick Bruna Exhibition at its Charing Cross Road Cafe featuring classic artwork from 6 – 29 August. You will also find children’s colouring activities throughout all branches of Foyles if you happen to be passing a branch on a rainy day.