blexbolex has put out some of my faaaavorite art books, two of which i gladly share with my students -- specifically, SEASONS and PEOPLE (although PEOPLE does have some gun-wielding folks and executioners... which of course may not be the best conversation-starters for your littlest ones. older kids who encounter gun-toting sheriffs or medieval axmen in the literature they're reading, though, will already be familiar with these archetypes, and so the relationships blexbolex is highlighting will actually be interesting for them to notice/tease out).
THIS book, and its partner book, DOG CRIME, featuring the story of two brothers involved in a dark underworld in which crime, oppression, deceit, death and various propaganda of horror are the norm, are definitely not for browsing with your young folk.
its style of colorful, flat ligne-claire printing is familiarly striking and very visually powerful, but the content and message is graphically dark, violent, sexual and, in some parts, flat-out strange (intentionally, of course. think extraterrestrial insect sex through various orifices, etc).
if you are a fan of blexbolex's graphic style, as i am, add this and DOG CRIME to your collection and don't look back. they are artbooks and can be appreciated as such. if you are looking for the ponderous but uplifting, npr-feeling sense you get from SEASONS and PEOPLE, these two books will not be what you had in mind and are in fact more likely to disturb and unsettle you.
consider yourself warned.