Miroslav Šašek


An introduction to Miroslav Šašek, the world-famous creator of the This is series of children’s books

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Martin Salisbury


Czech artist Miroslav Šašek (1916-1980) was remarkable for his unique and pioneering approach to non-fiction picture books, illustrating daily life as if seen from a child’s perspective. His bestselling This Is… series eventually totalled eighteen books. A witty collection of travel guides for children, the books employ an avant-garde synthesis of word and image that captures the joyous idiosyncrasies of life and culture in cities and countries around the world.

With great insight, acclaimed author Martin Salisbury analyses Šašek’s multifarious oeuvre, and how he became one of the twentieth century’s most beloved and significant contributors to the world of picture books. The artist’s charming travelogues continue to appeal to adults and children alike, even in a digital age exploding with travel imagery. In this beautifully designed book, illustrated with sketches and original artwork, and featuring examples spanning from Greece to Hong Kong, Rome to San Francisco, Ireland to Israel and more, Šašek’s best-known works come alive alongside lesser-known aspects of his practice, such as painting and puppet-making.

With 119 illustrations

Additional information

Weight 526 g
Dimensions 19.1 x 25.1 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 23 September 2021
Number of pages 112
Format Hardback
Contributors Series edited by Claudia Zeff
Dimensions 19.1 x 25.1 cm
Weight 526 g


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Martin Salisbury is Professor of Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, where he leads the renowned MA Children's Book Illustration programme. He has previously chaired the international jury at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, and been a member of the jury at the Global Illustration Awards in China. His books include Children's Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling and The Illustrated Dust Jacket: 1920-1970.