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Charlie and the War Against the Grannies
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
Evi O.
Best Designed Children's Fiction Book
Pan Macmillan Australia

About the Designer

Evi O. established her reputation for a strong design aesthetic and collaborative spirit during a decade at Penguin Books, most notably creating award-winning illustrated books in the fields of food, design, interiors, architecture, art, garden and wellness. Her art and design practice ranges across 2D and 3D forms, print and digital, having collaborated with book and magazine publishers, homeware labels, and brands. She practices from her Marrickville studio in Sydney. She is a founding member of ABDA.

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Design Rationale

The brief came with a very strong, curious title. Charlie and the War against the Grannies. Who’s Charlie? What Grannies? The cover design is intended to create suspense of wanting to know what happens inside, hence a strong typography and a cropped troubled face of Charlie. The ‘eeep’ was added to emphasise Charlie in trouble. Flipping to back cover, you will see two hairy, wrinkly Granny hands squirting sauce bottles, with a cheeky back cover blurb designed to fit the package. The overall look tries to differentiate this book from other titles in the genre that are often quite crowded.

129 x 197 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Matt kamination Spot UV
Internal Design
Evi O.
Evi Oetemo
Evi Oetemo
McPherson's Printing Group
Alan Brough