spring is just a moon or two away.”(Click to enlarge)
This week at Kirkus, I write about Cynthia Rylant’s Brownie & Pearl series for very young readers, illustrated by Brian Biggs. (As in: I did not even know about this great series, so I contribute my own little barbaric yawp about it to help introduce it to others who also may not know about it. I also acknowledge, however, that I am often just VERY SLOW.) The link will be here on Friday.
Last week, I wrote about the very beautifully-designed and -illustrated Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature (Candlewick, February), written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Mark Hearld. You can go read all about the book—and me gushing—at this link from last week, but today I share a couple of spreads.
And I just stumbled upon this video (which makes me so happy that I’m going to paste it here RIGHT NOW), which showcases LOTS of Hearld’s art. I love what he says about creating a home, a “wonderful space,” and about creating objects. Best of all, he says that the act of choosing objects to then set up in the space of one’s home is a creative venture in and of itself. (There is hope for me and creativity yet! This is something I can actually do well, I think, whereas many other creative acts simply stump me.)
Enjoy the video and art.
They seem too small to be important, / but watch … the worms are recycling.”(Click to enlarge)
OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW: A FIRST BOOK OF NATURE. Text copyright © 2012 by Nicola Davies. Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Mark Hearld. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA, on behalf of Walker Books, London.