12 April 2011

Illustrati

I look at children's books all day, every day, both French and English (very different sensibility, the French, silly and dark and frank) One of my favourites has always always been Ezra Jack Keats with his torn paper collages and colors:

Photo of Whistle for Willie by EJK by Letslookupandsmile

So when I saw the images from the new book by Phillip C. Stead, you might imagine why I went off the deep end. I mean look at this:
The image is from the interview at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast and if you want to be inspired and rip up paper and paint things or you just care about process and beautiful results no matter the medium, you have to read the post. And if you want to be doubly inspired, read the post by his wife, Erin about her beautiful picture book A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Sigh.

And then I'm reading kids book reviews in the NYT and I see this Ralph Lauren project "the worlds first shoppable storybook adventure" and I kinda want to shoot myself. Because guess which kind of book I'll be seeing more of in the future...

Sometimes it feels like all the things I love are on the edge of extinction.

4 comments:

megan/mason said...

Sometimes it feels like all the things I love are on the edge of extinction.

I feel this way at least once a day. I'm just grateful that I can get online and find others who feel the same way and are doing what they can to save them.

Marigoldie said...

Yes, I wanted to say that too because it's true about all the things you love. We must fight every day. Love these illustrations, which happen to look like my childhood, through a sort of Sesame Street lens.

arajane said...

oh wow, thank you for this! the snowy day is one of my all-time favorite children's books, and so i, too, love that collage style illustration. what a beautiful book (and how cool to see his process).

melinda said...

Must. read. Stead. book. now.

I LOVE E. Keats and Amos McGee and this whole post!