December’s Travels – Dusan Kallay & Mischa Damjan

I wonder what I would have thought of December’s Travels if I’d read it as a child.  Many of the children’s books I love now I found too intense when I was little. December’s Travels is illustrated by the Slovakian illustrator Dussan Kallay:


The story, by Yugoslavian Mischa Damjan tells what happens when the month of December decides to visit the other months in the year.  Here is December preparing toys for Christmas:



Here is a scene from March, which in this book is early spring.  (Where I live March is early autumn.) You can see the flowers just emerging from the ground, and the birds returning:


This is one of my favourite pages – December meets June, surrounded by all the evidence of midsummer:




And then October is simply stunning:


And eventually December returns to his own time of year, and finds that it is lovely too, and filled with food, toys and food, and brooding cats:



Dussan Kallay creates more grown-up and disturbing images, as you can see on this page.  You will need to scroll down quite far before you get to his work, and you will see some very strange images on the way there…probably not safe for work. 🙂

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nymeth
    Aug 22, 2009 @ 20:44:22

    Oh wow…absolutely stunning art!

  2. Gavin
    Aug 23, 2009 @ 04:05:06

    Masha – This is a beautiful book! Thanks for reviewing it.

  3. mashadutoit
    Aug 23, 2009 @ 10:04:15

    Nymeth and Gavin – I agree, it is a lovely book. Scanned in images dont convey half the beauty 🙂 And there are so many little detail drawings on page corners etc that I had to leave out.

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  5. Sara
    Jan 01, 2010 @ 07:03:40

    I just read this book to my daughter tonight, the last night of December, wonderfully enough! I agree, it is so beautiful.

  6. mashadutoit
    Jan 02, 2010 @ 15:17:40

    No that’s appropriate timing 🙂

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