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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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It's been 25 years since the publication of We're Going On A Bear Hunt
Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen reminisce -
CELEBRATING CHILDREN'S BOOK ART
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The deadline for submitting general art is May 1 and for Seuss dedications is May 14.
North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road | Raleigh, NC | map | (919) 839-NCMA
East Building, Gallery 2
April 13–July 27, 2014
Raúl Colón, Cover Art, 2003, from Rise the Moon (Dial, 2003)
jpeg and info: http://ncartmuseum.org/exhibitions/tall_tales_and_huge_hearts_raul_colon/
More about Raúl Colón here and here.
A sweet little Hungarian film, 'Streamschool', animated with fabric characters, by Peter Vacz
. Read his blogpost on the 'making of' here
Recently, I received a copy of A POND FULL OF INK, a collection of nonsense poems written by Annie M. G. Schmidt, translated by David Colmer, and illustrated by Sieb Posthuma.
It's a mystery to me how rhyme originally written in one language can be translated into another, but I'm glad that it was. I can’t judge how close Colmer’s choice of words are to Schmidt’s Dutch. I only know that the combination of text and illustrations work beautifully here. Both have a goofy freewheeling feel. Posthuma’s illustrations (copyright 2011) have a slightly psychedelic 1970s spirit which make them perfect for the poems (originally copyrighted in 1978).
Schmidt and Posthuma excel at inventing whimsically detailed scenes—Posthuma using collage, ink and watercolor. The book’s layout is playful as well. It starts with heavily saturated endpapers depicting a floating "a" on a black pond, and a little man holding a huge pen. The first poem is about this same “fairy tale author” dipping his pen in the pond. In the last spread the little author is sleeping under the stars, in a hammock next to the used-up pond. On the back endpapers he has drawn the letter "z." And in between there are poems about elderly otters, walking furniture, a home-invading deer, and bears living in a residential neighborhood. (The meter of “Are you joking, Mrs. Keller?” is so bouncy that it reads like a song.)
The poem “Aunt Sue and Uncle Steve” describes a family living in a “big old oak.” It’s not until you turn the page that you see the tree in its entirety. It has a face and numerous tiny children running across its branches. Uncle Steve smokes his pipe in one branch and Aunt Sue rocks a baby carriage precariously harnessed from another branch. (“She’s never really worked out how / to park a stroller on a bough.”) A boy dangles from a swing on pulleys, and ladders are propped to connect the different levels of the home. Crazy, funny details—perfect.
Ages 6 & up
Trim Size, in inches: 8.25"x10.375"
Thank you to Eerdmans Books
Creatures handmade by animator and leaf-collector Lisa LaBracio
Thank you to Maria Popova at Brain Pickings