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Mr Monkey visits Miffy at the Manchester Art Gallery

"I do like these little black bears, you know"

Mr Monkey with adverts for Zwart Beertje books Mr Monkey with a selection of Black Bear book covers

Before Bruna started drawing Miffy, he designed posters and covers for a publishing firm. All the posters featured a small black bear because the firm was called Zwart Beertje. Mr Monkey admired a couple of posters, above a row of Miffy books in more languages than he could read. On the walls of the exhibition space, Mr Monkey studied displays of the book covers Bruna designed for Zwart Beertje. Most of them were crime books, which pleased Mr Monkey.

You can see lots of Bruna's Zwart Beertje book covers at the Holland Original website.

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