The Art of Victo Ngai

h1 August 24th, 2017 by jules

“Dazzle was meant to make the Germans think a ship was, for example,
turning toward the west when it was actually headed to the southeast. …”

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Last week, I chatted here at Kirkus with Chris Barton about Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion (Millbrook/Lerner, September 2017).

That column includes one spread from the book. Today, I’m following up with some more art from illustrator Victo Ngai. This is her debut picture book.


You probably can’t even see it. …”

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“… And a Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve lieutenant-commander named Norman Wilkinson had another suggestion. It was unlikely. It was improbably. It may have even seemed bonkers. His idea was to camouflage ships.”
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DAZZLE SHIPS: WORLD WAR I AND THE ART OF CONFUSION. Copyright © 2017 by Chris Barton. Illustrations copyright © 2017 by Victo Ngai. Spreads reproduced by permission of the publisher, Millbrook Press, Minneapolis.

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One comment to “The Art of Victo Ngai”

  1. […] at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Julie Danielson treats us to The Art of Victo Ngai — specifically, another three spreads from Dazzle […]

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