Life and work of Anne Suess
The Nuremberg illustrator Anne Suess has a very specific favourite audience: she prefers to design cardboard picture books for children from about three years of age. The children can get lost in the lovingly and detailed hidden object books while looking at the many situations.
Before Anne Suess started to design her own cardboard picture books, she worked as an illustrator with other authors. For example, she painted pictures for fairy tale books or for Susanne Gernhäuser's children's books. But since she soon knew what was important when working for a small audience, she also brought out her own works.
Children's world in children's books
The cardboard picture books that Anne Suess creates for her small audience deal with topics that interest children very much. Life on the farm is a recurring theme. Animals are also frequently represented. But fairy tales or - much more prosaically - the building site are also themes of the hidden object books. As different as the subjects are, they have one thing in common: they fascinate small children. They can spend a correspondingly long time with the books.
Depending on the topic, the cardboard picture books are slightly extended: there are copies with peepholes and those with windows. In this way, the little "readers" can discover the Wimmelhaus room by room and experience exciting situations with the people in the respective room. Some of the books are also specially designed to help the children learn new words. With the beautiful illustrations this is particularly easy.
When Anne Suess paints her hidden object books, she often has an audience - and an animal audience at that. A cat and a parrot come every now and then to see what she is actually doing. The illustrator is happy with that; she likes children and animals equally. Attentive little observers can discover both pets in different works of the illustrator.
The children and hidden object books by Anne Suess
Anne Suess has been a busy children's book author and illustrator for quite some time now. Accordingly, the following list can only be an incomplete one - some of her early works are out of print, others are always reprinted or offered in collections. But you will get a good impression of the artist's complete works: