September 30, 2012

Children's Book: Migrant

Migrant by Maxinne Trottier (illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault)

Another week, another children's book feature! I first discovered this book at RISD's library. The first time I went to this library I was hoping to find lots of children's books that I haven't seen yet. I was slightly disappointed that there were plenty of comic books and graphic novels, but not so many children's books (apart from such classics as Maurice Sendak and Eric Carle). So when I noticed the pink cover and picked up this book, I was nicely surprised. Both the story and the images were beautiful! I was lucky to find one copy of this book at Brown University bookstore, so now I own it. Here's a few images of the lovely illustrations from this book.

September 22, 2012

Children's Book: Tertius and Pliny

Tertius and Pliny by Ben Frankel (illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark)

I'm back home again! Actually, I'm supposed to be doing something more important than this post since October is quickly approaching. That's when the new semester in academy begins. One more year left for me! I'm excited and at the same time slightly worried by the uncertainty of what's next.

Today I chose to feature Ben Frankel's first picture book Tertius and Pliny. I found it in Cellar Stories bookstore while I was in Rhode Island this July. I have a soft spot for stories about toys so that was probably the reason why I got attracted to this book in the first place. I like that the author describes how the toys are feeling. That makes the reader empathize with the main characters more.

The book is well illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark who studied under Quentin Blake. I've never seen her work before, so I was lucky I picked up this book from many other children's books in that bookstore (and there were many!). Please, check out more of her illustrations. Also, I've just discovered her blog about her dog Plum and it's hilarious!

My sister pointed out to me that each little drawing on
the endpapers is drawn individually (not copied and pasted). 
If you look closely, you will see slight variations in each. 

September 2, 2012

Children's Book: The Very Busy Spider

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

I've been thinking lately about making series of posts about children's books that I like or own.

In a past few months I was lucky enough to learn about and look through so many amazing children's books thanks to my exchange studies and summer courses. With all this great source of information/inspiration, I feel compelled to share and let you know about some of those gems. Children's book illustrators deserve to be appreciated much more. Their work is just as important (if not more important) as the work hanging on the white walls in art galleries and museums. They are responsible not only for making pretty pictures (as people often think), but for educating children and nourishing their imagination and sense of wonder through an image. I think it is especially important to value children's books now since there's a growing number of people who prefer e-books over the real ones. This topic needs a whole new post, so let's not expand on this.

My first pick is The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. Carle is a famous American children's book author and illustrator most known for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar (I bet some of you already know it).

The Very Busy Spider is part of Eric Carle's Very series. I own a copy of this book, so I photographed a few pages. I saw it in Myopic Books bookstore in Providence, Rhode Island and had to buy it since it's signed by  Eric Carle. This book is multi-sensory and engages the reader to follow the spider. Carle's distinctive colorful and textured illustrations are balanced out by white space in the background. They were created using collage technique (gluing pieces cut from hand-painted paper).