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De vuurvogel

by Djenné Fila Illustratie


De vuurvogel (The firebird) retells the story of the ballet and orchestral concert work by the Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky. The book follows prince Ivan as he enters the magical garden of Kashei the giant. Here he meets the mythical firebird, which gives him the courage to fights Kashei and save the princes, who were turned into statues, and princesses, that were captured. The book is intended for children at the age of 5 and above.

Djenné Fila aims to stimulate the reader’s imagination by introducing worlds of wonder and excitement. This is greatly reflected in the book, where she adds her own layer to the story by introducing a colourful magical universe with lots of details, where the main characters are insects, the garden is dominated by glowing mushrooms, and the angry giant might even be a human. The fact that the characters almost seem to be dancing is an effective reference to the original ballet.
In her layered illustrations she combines lots of different materials and techniques to come to her powerful compositions with delicate elements, enabling the viewer to escape reality for a brief moment.


“Just the cover illustration, where the bird spreads its fiery wings, is worthy of an award. Fila’s drawings are fairy-like in a mysterious way. […] Turn on Stravinsky’s music, read Westera’s fine adaptation and let Fila’s magical illustrations captivate you.” – Dutch newspaper Het Parool

  • Creative Directors
  • Art Directors
  • Designers
  • Illustrators Djenné Fila
  • Photographers
  • Editors Jolijn Swager
  • Copywriters
  • AUTHOR Bette Westera
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