Van Dog

A Picture Book


A hybrid comic and seek-and-find book that contemplates art and creativity


ISBN: 9781990252129 Category:

Mikolaj Pa


Van Dog rides to the countryside to paint a landscape one day. As he mounts his easel, mixes his paints, and contemplates the scenery, the landscape slowly unfolds in weird and wonderful ways: a snail nibbles on a mushroom, ants gather to work, and a giant lizard monster sets off on a journey to Tokyo. As the landscape becomes busier and busier, Van Dog struggles to finish his painting-but is he overwhelmed by his subject, or is the richness of the countryside precisely what inspires him?

Additional information

Weight 530 g
Dimensions 24.8 x 29.8 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 20 April 2023
Number of pages 50
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Gosia Herba
Dimensions 24.8 x 29.8 cm
Weight 530 g


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Mikołaj Pa is a book designer based in Wrocław, Poland. He is a graphic novel and children’s book author who is mostly interested in children’s literature, book design, typography, and print. His clients include HarperCollins Publishers, Egmont, Matilda Publishing, and Dwie Siostry. Gosia Herba was born and raised in a small town in southwest Poland. She started drawing as a child and never stopped. After graduating from the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, she started her career working for various publishers, magazines, music labels, and agencies. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, in particular at the Biennial of Illustrations in Bratislava, the Tallinn Illustrations Triennial, and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Her clients include the Quarto Group, Penguin Random House, Andersen Press, the New York Times, and The New Yorker. She lives and works in Wrocław.