In the Tube
In the Tube
It’s early morning in London and the silence is broken by the fight of two siblings, a younger brother, and an older sister. Their mother has written them messages on post-it notes: TIDY UP YOUR ROOM, CLEAN UP IN THE KITCHEN, but they miss the last and most important one that was left on the front door: HOLD HANDS.
Entering the subway to go to school, the boy stops to collect something that is stuck under his shoe: it is that last post-it. The girl walks ahead and the two lose sight of each other.
From here on, their paths separate: the girl believes she is following her brother but then she realizes that she has mistaken him for another child. The boy begins his adventure in search of his sister, asking passers-by, but without success. At the end they find themselves united in picking up that same post-it that had been lost.
In the Tube is a wordless picture book about getting lost and finding each other again. Alice Barberini’s illustrations create a rarefied and suspended atmosphere that enhances the children’s moods and emotions.
Alice Barberini studied art in Ravenna and art restoration in Florence. After working in an art restoration laboratory for a number of years, she set her sights on becoming a children’s book illustrator. Alice is part of an illustration collective called Collettivo Nie Wiem and has exhibited her work all around Italy.
- Bologna Illustrators Exhibition 2021