This is… Miroslav Sasek

Miroslav Sasek was a Czech painter, author, and illustrator of the “This Is…” series of books that introduced children to iconic cities (and countries) around the world. What we like most about his work, other than the international flavors he was able to capture so well, is his stylized treatment of architecture, vehicles, and people. From the Twiggy-like blonde model in the “This is London” book to the pipe-smoking, beret-bedecked sidewalk chalk artist in “This is Paris,” his Mid-Century Modern depiction of people and places is simply delicious. It makes us want to acquire his entire series for our library, and then pack our suitcases for a round-the world adventure. Here are some examples of his work: