Two Best Friends Before Breakfast

h1 June 23rd, 2015 by jules

Back cover illustration


I’ve got a review over at BookPage of Liz Rosenberg’s What James Said (Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, June 2015), illustrated by Matt Myers. That review is here.

Today I follow up with a bit of art from the book, as well as one of Matt’s early sketches. The sketch you’ll see below shows that, originally, Matt had considered merely pen and ink with the only color being watercolor splashes, but plans changed and the book ended up in color. “The book,” he tells me, “became less cartoony and more (I hope) realistic — not in the style of art especially, but in the emotion. A more cartoony book wouldn’t have been as personal.”

Enjoy, and thanks to Matt for sharing.

“Later, James slid a bag of my favorite chips onto my desk.
I didn’t eat them. At least not right away.”


“He drew a funny picture of himself
that almost made me laugh outloud.”



Above: Original idea for the look of the art



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WHAT JAMES SAID. Copyright © 2015 by Liz Rosenberg. Illustrations copyright © 2015 by Matt Myers. Published by Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press, New York. Images reproduced by permission of Matt Myers.

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