I love the work of children's illustrator Victoria Semykina Antolini, and now she has a superb project which needs a little help getting off the ground. She has a Kickstarter project and charming video for 'The Real Boat' a story about a little boat who dreams of the sea. The finished product will be a gorgeous, collaged and interactive, animated delight and it's just waiting to be launched, so please help her out!
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Belgian writer/illustrator Jan De Kinder has written a story about a young girl who stands by, watching a friend suffer—not an easy topic for a picture book. But it's something that I'm sure many six- and seven-year-olds can relate to, though they might not be able to put their experience into words.
The book shows both the pain of the boy who is bullied (because he blushes) and the pain of his friend watching and doing nothing.
The character's emotions are easy to read. The dominant colors in the illustrations are red, cream, and black, and are created with ink, pencil, charcoal, aquarelle, acrylic, and collage. They have a clear, graphic style that adds drama, especially to the wordless spread depicting the girl when she finally musters the courage to stand up for her shy friend.
For such a loaded subject this book has a light touch. Red is an elegant story about the bravery of everyday life on the playground.
Thanks to Eerdmans for the the review copy.
Jan De Kinder, trans. from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson.
Release date: 03/01/2015
jpeg from www.huffingtonpost.com
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Can you name the inspiration for these Sunday title panels?
Don Baechler talks about finding his work in this video link (about 21 minutes in):
I wonder if he knows about this page.
Monday, March 30, 2015
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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Saturday, March 07, 2015
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Friday, January 16, 2015
I loved this little book.
The colorful, detailed illustrations by Jill Weber are a perfect match for this story about a stray cat and the people he comes to love. Story by Julie Salamon.
Review copy from Dial Books for Young Readers. Chapter book, ages 9 and up—read aloud for 5 and up.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Saturday, January 03, 2015
Lots and lots to look at in this delightful winter scene by Belgian illustrator Tom Schamp…
...watch a one minute animated clip of his book, 'Otto In The Snow'...
Thursday, January 01, 2015
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Gustav Tenggren was chief illustrator on Disney's 'Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs', 'Bambi' and 'Pinocchio', as well as the illustrator for numerous, well loved Little Golden Books. Below, his original art for 'The Night Before Christmas'…
and his Christmas card from the 1920's...
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
Stories of miracles and acts of generosity performed by Saint Nicholas, succinctly told by Anselm Grun, lovingly illustrated by Giuliano Ferri. Luminous.
Review copy from Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.
Preview the book here:
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Beautiful, witty Christmas illustrations by Chuck Groenink, from his latest book, 'Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole, written by Bob Raczka…
and from his book, Boelie's Kerstplan, written by Mathilde Stein….