Saturday, April 18, 2015

Victoria Semykina Antolini's 'The Real Boat'












I adore 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 11, 2015

RED

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. 
 ISBN 978-0-8028-5446-9
Release date: 03/01/2015



Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Tom Schamp

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

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Legend of Saint Nicholas




Stories of miracles and acts of generosity performed by Saint Nicholas, succinctly told by Anselm Grun, lovingly illustrated by Giuliano Ferri.  Luminous.


Preview the book here:

The Legend of Saint Nicholas

Tuesday, December 16, 2014