A Moment with Melissa

h1 April 19th, 2016 by jules

“In the morning, Mommy gives us wake-up kisses and says,
‘Good morning, little one. Can you hear the sounds of our world?’ Listen! …”

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I’ve got a review here over at BookPage of Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson’s Listen to Our World (Paula Wiseman Books, March 2016), illustrated by Melissa Sweet.

As a follow-up today, Melissa shares some art — as well as a few early sketches.



Melissa: “This book had the slimmest of preliminary work. It was just a half-scale dummy, and the art was created as I went along. It’s interesting that some projects call for diving in, [while] some need more planning. This one benefited from
beginning with no holds barred.”


“In the oozy swamp, crocodiles glide through the algae.
The marshland is their world. SNAP! …”

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“In the refreshing oasis, elephants find cool water.
The grassland is their world. HONK! …”

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“In the blue sea, whales swim through the waves.
The ocean is their world. Wahhh …”

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LISTEN TO OUR WORLD. Copyright © 2016 Michael Sampson. Illustrations © 2016 Melissa Sweet. Published by Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York. All images reproduced by permission of Melissa Sweet.

One comment to “A Moment with Melissa”

  1. She’s one of my favorite illustrators! I just love her art for You Nest Here with Me!

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