Van Dog

Van Dog

By Mikolaj Pa
Illustrator Gosia Herba


Price: $19.99

  • Publication Date: November 15, 2022
  • Imprint: Milky Way Picture Books
  • Trim Size: 9 12 x 11 12
  • ISBN: 9781990252129
  • Page Count: 50
  • Illustrations: Full-color Illustrations throughout
  • Rights: World English

A hybrid comic and seek-and-find book that contemplates art and creativity

Van Dog rides to the countryside to paint a landscape one day. As he mounts his easel, mixes his paints, and contemplates the scenery, the landscape slowly unfolds in weird and wonderful ways: a snail nibbles on a mushroom, ants gather to work, and a giant lizard monster sets off on a journey to Tokyo. As the landscape becomes busier and busier, Van Dog struggles to finish his painting—but is he overwhelmed by his subject, or is the richness of the countryside precisely what inspires him?


"A wacky, immersive picture book about artistic inspiration...  A busy book with a heart for art.”
“Robots, vampires, giant lizards, and every color of the rainbow populate the playful illustrations of this delightful book.“ Starred Review
"This wonderfully silly read will tickle readers with its details and unexpected twists.”

About the author

Mikołaj Pa (Pasinski) is a book designer based in Wroclaw, Poland. He is a graphic novel and children’s book author who is mostly interested in children’s literature, book design, typography, and print. His clients include HarperCollins, Egmont, Matilda, and Dwie Siostry. Gosia Herba was born and raised in a small town in southwest Poland. She started drawing as a child and never stopped. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, she started her career working for various publishers, magazines, music labels, and agencies. Her work has been exhibited worldwide, in particular at the Biennial of Illustrations in Bratislava, the Tallinn Illustrations Triennial, and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Her clients include The Quarto Group, Penguin Random House, Andersen Press, the New York Times, and The New Yorker. She lives and works in Wroclaw.