Kolbotn, Norway: Magikon Forlag, 2012. Single volume, measuring 8 x 6.5 inches: . Original blue paper pictorial boards stamped in white, color pictorial endpapers, original unclipped double-sided color pictorial dust jacket. Color illustrations throughout text.
First edition of one of the most celebrated children’s books of the past decade, the exploration of a bullied child’s interior life by Norwegian psychologist and poet Helge Torvund. Ostracized by her classmates, selectively mute Tyra finds joy in her grandmother, her music, and her rescued kitten Vivaldi: “She’s not just Tyra any longer. She’s Tyra and the cat.” Brilliantly illustrated by Mari Kanstad Johnsen, Vivaldi was included on Flavorwire’s 2012 list of the twenty most beautiful children’s books of all time, alongside classics by Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and Maurice Sendak. This 2012 first edition, with text in Norwegian, is accompanied by a copy of the 2019 first American edition, translated into English by Jeanie Shaterian and Thilo Reinhard, and published by the New York Review Children’s Collection. A fine copy of a stunning book.