Norwegian illustrator Mari Kanstad Johnsen creates children's books that make you wish you were back in grade school, so you could consume them with the same wide-eyed awe and fascination that is reserved for those who have yet to reach the jaded realm of teenagehood.
The illustrations in Johnsen's new book, Ballen, are just as charming as her previous work. The characters of the series, Elling the elephant, Coco the dog and Kim the bunny, find themselves in a frantic, feverish adventure to identify the noise coming from their basketball. The premise is as delightful and engaging as the drawings themselves.
What's more, the illustrations will surely be enjoyed by non-Swedish speaking adults who enjoy a touch of whimsy in their daily life.