One of the great contemporary French picture book illustrators is Marc Boutavant. Originally from Burgundy but now living in Paris, Marc creates great retro-inspired illustrations filled with wonderful characters who all seem to burst with personality. Best known for his series of Mouk books (and their spin-off TV show), Marc’s illustrations remind me of the work of Richard Scarry – particularly in their liveliness and the sense of bustling energy in all of his picture. I just love their retro-inspired charm!
The images here are taken from a children’s puzzle he released earlier this year called All Aboard. Consisting of 12 two-sided puzzle pieces, the images all piece together to create one large action-packed train. Each car seems to come from a different world and there’s a great selection of things to see; from circuses and woodland animals to hobos and even an aquarium. Marc’s illustrations are brilliant and I imagine kids would love playing with this puzzle.
While Boutavant doesn’t have his own website, you can see a great selection of his work through his agency – Heart Agency. If you’d like to get your own copy of All Aboard, you can purchase it now through Chronicle Books.