Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

MISTER H



Spanish author Daniel Nesquens has written a goofy short chapter book about a talking hippo's quest to return home to his jungle in Africa. Mr. H, the hippopotamus, asks a young zoo visitor to open his cage so he can leave his unfulfilling life in captivity.  

The path to the jungle is an urban one filled with traffic, a mysteriously acquired suit and tie, fun in the park, and dining in a fancy pizza restaurant. The hippo and the plot meander (in a good, Syd Hoff kind of way) and the story comes to an open-ended/existential ending.  

The confident, airy and stylish paintings by Luciano Lozano are reminiscent of Roger Duvoisin and Miroslav Šašek, with a little James Marshall in there too, and add to the breezy feel of the story. 





jpeg of illustration from MR. H from Mr. Lozano's  wonderful blog

  • ISBN-13: 9780802854407
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/1/2015
  • Pages: 61
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
Thank you to Eerdmans for the review copy.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Sidewalk Flowers

A most gorgeous, wordless picture book about living in the present, 'Sidewalk Flowers', conceived by Jon Arno Lawson,  illustrated by Sidney Smith and published by House of Anansi/ Groundwoood Press, who describe the book as "an ode to the importance of small things, small people and small gestures"






Saturday, April 18, 2015

Victoria Semykina Antolini's 'The Real Boat'












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 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