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Julie Fromme Fortenberry is a children's book illustrator. She has a Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College in New York. Julie has exhibited her abstract paintings in New York galleries, and museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work has been reviewed in The Christian Science Monitor, and the New York Times. Her clients include Highlights, and Harcourt Education.
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I love the easy way Maira Kalman moves from goofy to profound. Her paintings are both childlike and realistic. And she never hedges her bets with color. Some of the landscapes in her picture book biography of Thomas Jefferson remind me of a Candy Land board game—in a good way. Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything channels the curiosity and intelligence of Jefferson himself.
Her newest books, Ah-ha to Zig Zag and My Favorite Things are timed to coincide with the December 12th opening of the renovated Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the exhibit Maira Kalman Selects.
"Kalman was free to choose any random pieces from the museum’s rich and varied collection, and then paint, draw, and riff on each one from a personal perspective," writes Steven Heller about the upcoming exhibit. See Mr. Heller's article here: www.theatlantic.com/entertainment.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 7th 2014, Nancy Paulsen Books
Ruth Paul's soft pencil and water-color pictures tell the story of a lovable troublemaker, Flash—a character kids will identify with.
With simple rhyme and rhythm, BAD DOG FLASH works beautifully as both a beginning reader and a
storytime book. And kudos to the designer who came up with the fun endpapers and
- ISBN-13: 9781492601531
- Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
- Publication date: 10/7/2014
- Pages: 32
- Age range: 3 - 8 Years
I'm a huge fan of dioramas. I love those 3-D illustrations in the Hans Christian Andersen Golden Books with the lenticular covers.
Recently I received a letter from artist Claudia Marie Lenart about her latest book written by Jewel Kats and released to coincide with Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
Claudia's felt sculpture just blew me away.
Recently I received a copy of ROOM ON THE BROOM
by Julia Donaldson, pictures by Axel Scheffler. (First published in 2001.) Donaldson is an expert storyteller
. Her website states that she really enjoys writing in verse
, and her enjoyment shows.
ROOM ON THE BROOM is a musical romp, perfect for story time or quiet inspection. Scheffler's illustrations are simple and rich at the same time. I loved the detailed landscapes and characters, especially the not-too-scary red dragon. Great fun.
- ISBN-13: 9780803726574
- Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
- Pages: 32
- Age range: 4 - 8 Years
see our previous post on Charlotte here
Hardly anyone noticed young Sally McCabe.
She was the smallest girl in the smallest grade.
Shelley and I are big fans of Christian Robinson
, so I was delighted to receive a copy of THE SMALLEST GIRL IN THE SMALLEST GRADE illustrated by Mr. Robinson and written by Justin Roberts
THE SMALLEST GIRL will resonate with anyone who has felt ignored. Day after day tiny Sally McCabe surveys the schoolyard without a single person seeing her. Little do they know that Sally possess special powers—not the standard type of super powers, but the powers of observation and compassion. She goes unnoticed until the day she raises her voice in the lunchroom: "I'm tired of seeing this terrible stuff. Stop hurting each other! This is enough!"
The message of the book is front and center. Roberts's rhyme adds some bounce, and Robinson's simple colorful shapes and faces add humor and a sophisticated sense of style
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 2014 by Putnam Juvenile
0399257438 (ISBN13: 9780399257438)
(I just sat next Mary GrandPré at a SCBWI book signing. Why didn't I get someone to take our picture? I am the dumbest blogger ever.)
Madame Martine lives a solitary life of safe routine. And that’s how she likes it, until the day she adopts a bit of chaos in the form of a “very small, very wet, very dirty dog.” When the adorable mutt gets away from her, the chase leads to the top of the Eiffel Tower—a place Martine has avoided (believing it was a tourist-trap and “a waste of time”). A luminous panorama of Paris at dusk changes Martine's thinking.
Straightaway, the cover of Madam Martine conveys Brannen’s finesse with watercolors. The city at twilight, the intricate metal work of the Eiffel Tower, and even a simple yellow bedspread have a translucent, delicate quality. Brannen’s light touch is perfect for telling this sweet story of an old woman’s new appreciation for life in Paris.
Sarah S. Brannen
Age Levels: 4-7,
9.00" x 9.00"
Illustrations: Full color
at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
poster by Bob Staake
Download beautiful posters (from 2001 to 2014) HERE
(True story, my husband's signature is inside this Sphinx.)
I wrote a short column for the September/October issue of Knowledge Quest. Visit the Children’s Book Council (http://www.cbcbooks.org/about/knowledge-quest/) to read my column and previous Meet the Author/Illustrator columns.