Charlotte Dematons grew up in France with her French father and Dutch mother. After completing secondary school she came to the Netherlands to study illustration at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Dido (1985) was her debut picture book. Dematons, working with watercolours, pencil and ink, creates a fairytale atmosphere. Her illustrations are realistic and detailed, which means she is greatly valued as an illustrator of informative books and school textbooks. Her best-known books are The Yellow Balloon (2003), Sinterklaas [Saint Nicholas] (2007) and Nederland [The Netherlands] (2012). Nederland won two prizes and, within four months, 100,000 copies had been sold. The Jury for the Zilveren Penseel award for illustrated children’s books described Nederland as ‘a national monument in images, a book that aimed to be the standard overview in drawings of everything we regard as Dutch in 2012.’
Translated by Andrea Akkerman
Bohem Press, 2016
With the eye of an outsider but a warm heart for the country that became her new home, award-winning illustrator Charlotte Dematons paints in loving detail everything that makes the Netherlands so Dutch. From bike-riding retirees to a grandmother with her walker, from skating on the ice to the scenes of Avercamp, Brueghel and Bosch, the multicultural Dutch society is revealed and celebrated with wit and warmth.
A stunning, finely detailed, panoramic visual tour of the country.
Edward Sullivan, Goodreads
It is a beautiful picture book which captures the essence of Holland and it is up to the reader to find the stories in these bewitching illustrations.