This Thing Called Life

With illustrations from Christian Borstlap
$ 17.95| £ 12.99 (* recommended retail price)

From the smallest specks of life to the largest
creatures, this engaging picture book shows the
many shapes and forms life takes all around us.

What is life? It’s constantly moving, growing, reproducing, and dying. It’s happening now, all the time, and it’s everywhere around us. From little helicopter seed pods that float through the air to blue whales in the ocean, the world is filled with all different types of odd and familiar kinds of life. This whimsical picture book helps young readers see the connections between all living things. Author and illustrator Christian Borstlap’s furry, feathery, smooth, and spiky creatures crawl, eat, growl, fly, and interact with one another. While most of his creations are imaginary animals, they all depict real things that organisms must do to survive and thrive. Bold and quirky illustrations tug at kids’ imaginations and help demonstrate complex concepts that can be hard to put into words. The book leaves lots of room for discussion and for new discoveries with each reading.

Original Title: À propos de la vie
Originally published by: Comme de géants
With illustrations from Christian Borstlap
Hardcover, 56 pages, 21,3x28, 26 color illustrations
ISBN: 978-3-7913-7443-7
Release date:
US October 06, 2020
UK October 01, 2020


Christian Borstlap is an illustrator, designer, art director, and founder of Part of a Bigger Plan, a creative agency whose clients include Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Apple, Vogue, Rijksmuseum, and many others. This is his first picture book.

Christian Borstlap