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Friday, February 3, 2012

Perfect Picture Book Friday

Artist to Artist

Eric Carle and 22 other major illustrators

Philomel; First edition (September 25, 2007) 

Suitable For:
ages 1 and up 


Theme/Topic: 
Picture book art


Opening:
Mitsumasa Anno: "I believe that the culture that is part of your being from childhood is of great importance." 

Synopsis:
In this remarkable and beautiful anthology featuring the likes of Maurice Sendak, Robert Sabuda, Rosemary Wells, and Eric Carle, twenty-three of the most honored and beloved artists in children’s literature talk informally to children—sharing secrets about their art and how they began their adventures into illustration. Fold-out pages featuring photographs of their early work, their studios and materials, as well as sketches and finished art create an exuberant feast for the eye that will attract both children and adults.

Self-portraits of each illustrator crown this important anthology that celebrates the artists and the art of the picture book. An event book for the ages.
Proceeds from the book will benefit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA.


Why I loved it:
These artists each describe their artful process in their own way. It shows these kidlets that the pictures that fill their books can be considered art just as much as any painting that may grace their living room walls. This book is inspiring and enlightening. Foldout pages show examples of each artist's early work, their studios and materials, finished work and a self-portrait. 




Links To Resources:
I don't know of any, but the fact that this book encourages children to draw and express themselves through art is enough of a resource for me. 


Before y'all go and grab your crayons, go check out all the other picture books over at Susanna Leonard Hill's blog okay?


Thanks for reading. Happy weekend! *waving*

30 comments:

Barbara said...
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Barbara said...

Oops, sorry about that. I had a typo and I HATE typos! But I LOVE your book choice. It looks super interesting and I think my class would love it. I'm off to the library to see if they have it. Thank you for sharing!

❀Barbara❀
Grade ONEderful

Robyn Campbell said...

This book is so awesome! It's more than awesome. It's extra awesome. The kids really understand that their picture books have honest to goodness art in them. Hope you find it. *waving*

Joanna said...

Robyn, I would love to read/look at this book, what a wonderful tribute to these artists and their art. Sounds like a book for all ages!

Renee LaTulippe said...

Wow, what a great concept. As I build a PB library for my boys, I see it more and more as their personal art collection -- and this will need to have a prominent place in it. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

Janet Smart said...

Sounds like a good book. I love the illustrations in picture books. They are just as important as the words. Illustrators have such talent.

Robyn Campbell said...

Joanna, this is a great book for all ages. The kids really do need to think more about the art that is in their books and this great book shows them how important their art is. :-) *smiling*

Robyn Campbell said...

Renee, You're welcome! And make sure to always remember it IS their personal art collection. :-)

Robyn Campbell said...

Janet, the illustrators are artists. *green with envy* I make stick people and animals when I'm story-boarding. :-)

catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com said...

Super choice Robyn! Have a lovely weekend :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sounds perfect for kids. Nothing like a hands-on experience.

Jennifer Lee Young said...

I adore kid's books about artists and their work. Just added it to my list. Thanks Robyn!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Sounds like a great concept for kids, Robyn.

Patti said...

Looks like a great book. I wish I had younger kids to share it with.

Beth Stilborn said...

This book looks wonderful, Robyn! I so love the idea that it's illustrators kids are familiar with, talking about art in a way that kids might not be familiar with. Fantastic resource in itself!

Susan R. Mills said...

What I wonderful picture book. I wish I'd had it when my kids were little. Have a great weekend!

Patricia T. said...

Robyn, this would be a book that would catch my eye. Thank you for sharing this beautiful book that showcases the artwork of such illustrious artists. What an inspiring book for young kids -- and encouragement to pick up their crayons and create. Love your choice.

Paul S said...

I may be old fashioned but for me books and art are a far better way for children to spend their time than computer games and tv.
I hope the writing is going well, enjoy your weekend.

Julie Hedlund said...

How is it that I hadn't even heard of this book? I don't think I'll be able to wait for the library for this one - putting it on the purchase list.

Margaret G. said...

I love picture book art. Sounds like a great book to read to the kids!

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm looking this one up. My children and I spent hours looking at children's book illustrations. Thank you!

Happy weekend to you!

Stacy S. Jensen said...

The book sounds like its own educational resource. I wish I could draw. We'll have to check this one out.

thiskidreviewsbooks.com said...

This is really a cool book! I have never seen one like it. One of the things I like most about picture books is the art in them! Thank you for telling us about it!

Penny Klostermann said...

Oh! I have to see this book. It sounds unique and wonderful.

Vivian said...

Thank you, Robyn. What an awesome book that will encourage many children to consider art/illustration as a goal in life and others to just enjoy drawing. And I want this book for myself. :)

Nas Dean said...

Sounds like perfect books to give as gifts to small children! Thanks for posting Robyn!

Heather said...

Oh, this book has gone right to the top of my must buy list. Lovely!

Romance Book Haven said...

Thanks for posting about this amazing picture book. Looking forward to checking out your links for more.

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

This book looks wonderful, Robyn! I know so little about the artist side of picture books. I would love to read this! And it sounds like it would be very inspiring to kids! Thanks so much for sharing (and sorry I'm only getting here three days late!!!)

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

This sounds like a terrific book. I'm sending this post to a friend who is an artist, a mom, and a home-schooler. I think she'll want to check it out.