Henri’s Walk to Paris was written by Leonore Klein and illustrated by Saul Bass. Leonore Klein was a librarian as well as an author of children's books. Saul Bass was a graphic designer and filmmaker, and this was the only children’s book he ever illustrated. It was originally published in 1962 and reissued in 2012. It's about a little boy named Henri, who wonders what life is like in Paris. He plans a trip to Paris with a sweet and unexpected ending.
Bass’ style is a throwback to the bold, modern aesthetic of the 1960s (which is no surprise—it’s when the book was first published). I love the use of pattern and repetition, modern and sparse lines and shapes. Color plays a big role in this book. Bass uses color to contrast city and country—bright pinks, reds and oranges for Paris' lively urban setting versus serene greens, blues and browns for the tranquil countryside of Henri’s small town, Reboul.
If Saul Bass had illustrated more books, we would definitely have them all in our library. Any of the pages in this book would make amazing wallpaper!