Illustrators tell their own stories

July 19, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Posted in Book reviews, Kids and reading, Librarians, Parents | Leave a comment
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Three illustrators share their vision

Elizabeth Kennedy‘s reviews on kids’ books are right to the point and provide a wonderful insite into the genre. If you have not visited Elizabeth’s Children’s Books Blog click on the link above and see if you agree with her review of The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Brian Selznick is a genius storyteller and illustrator

hugo_cabret_17Brian Selznick, the author of Hugo Cabret, has a marvelous talent for creating a beautiful story and providing the key illustrations that make the story more meaningful.  I was fascinated with his illustrations because they now only supported the storyline but provided additional insite…something I rarely find in books today.

Illustrators tell stories

The Grave Yard BookIf you are fascinated with how illustrations add to a story look at the drawings in The Graveyard Book from Dave McKean. His illustrations set the tone for the story by Neil Gaiman.

The Arrival written entirely with images.

The Arrival written entirely with images.

And then check out a book written entirely with illustrations called The Arrival by Shaun Tan. The book, written in 2006, tells they story of an immigrant family that seeks to leave their mystical homeland for a better place…supposedly New York City. Only the dad gets to leave and he trys to create an environment where he can help his entire family escape from their oppressive environment.

Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works full time as a freelance artist and author in Melbourne. He is best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery

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