Vilnius, Lithuania – Lithuanian artist Nomeda Marcenaite has written and illustrated “Doll,” a beautiful children’s story about the pursuit of one’s identity and individuality, which is now available on iTunes. At 40 pages, the title is a swift read and includes striking color illustrations viewable on the iPad.
“When reading books by other authors, I feel invited into the world of the writer, where I am welcome to stay for a while, to wander and fantasize with the author. It is an adventure, which allows living more than one life,” explains Marcenaite. “In writing and illustrating ‘Doll,’ I felt as if I were creating a new world – or maybe I was also created – and experienced a miracle.” The ebook format allowed the author to bridge distance and cultural gaps and offer this cozy, universal tale to English-speaking young readers and numerous Lithuanian diasporas all over the world.
“Doll” opens as a little girl, whose eyes are a bit sad and who struggles to choose a name for herself, is sent to stay in a village with her grandmother while her mother leaves for Ireland to work. She starts exploring the rural surroundings and discovers an attic full of dust and long-forgotten things, including a doll’s head . . . .
Marcenaite herself created illustrations for the ebook, weaving a remarkable, harmonious blend of graphics and photography. “I got stuck with the illustrations,” the author said. “It took me long to find a way to avoid banality, to make them real and organic, and to instill the authentic country spirit into the book.” These efforts paid off, and the book has since received multiple awards, including two diplomas from the International Board of Books for Young People.
“Doll” is available for $2.99 on iTunes.
Nomeda Marcenaite is a Lithuanian freelance artist, specializing in ceramics, children’s literature, and book illustration. She has given over 50 solo exhibitions, most of them together with the artist Marius Jonutis. Copyright (C) 2012 Nomeda Marcenaite. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.