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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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What's hot in the publishing world this minute? Coloring books for all ages, and here are a few fun ones from Free Period Press. Full of patterns, scrummy flowers (by Caty Zocco) and animals ('Creative Creatures' by illustrator Melanie Mikecz).
and they've also created sets of colorable prints, produced on thicker paper. Teachers can download a free PDF for the classroom, too…
Illustrator Sydney Smith
's delightful alphabet. See my previous post on his wonderful new book, 'Sidewalk Flowers' here
Spanish author Daniel Nesquens has written a goofy short chapter book about a talking hippo's quest to return to his home in the jungles of Africa. Mr. H, the hippopotamus, asks a young zoo visitor to open the gate to his cage so that he can leave his unfulfilling life in captivity.
The path to the jungle is an urban one filled with traffic, a mysteriously acquired suit and tie, fun in the park, and dining in a fancy pizza restaurant. The hippo and the plot meander (in a good, Syd Hoff kind of way) and the story comes to an open-ended/existential ending.
The confident, airy and stylish paintings by Luciano Lozano are reminiscent of Roger Duvoisin and Miroslav Šašek, with a little James Marshall in there too, and add to the breezy feel of the story.
- ISBN-13: 9780802854407
- Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
- Publication date: 2/1/2015
- Pages: 61
- Age range: 7 - 10 Years
Thank you to Eerdmans for the review copy.
I love the work of children's illustrator Victoria Semykina Antolini
, and now she has a superb project which needs a little help getting off the ground. She has a Kickstarter project
and charming video for 'The Real Boat
' a story about a little boat who dreams of the sea. The finished product will be a gorgeous, collaged and interactive, animated delight and it's just waiting to be launched, so please help her out!
Belgian writer/illustrator Jan De Kinder has written a story about a young girl who stands by, watching a friend suffer—not an easy topic for a picture book. But it's something that I'm sure many six- and seven-year-olds can relate to, though they might not be able to put their experience into words.
The book shows both the pain of the boy who is bullied (because he blushes) and the pain of his friend watching and doing nothing.
The character's emotions are easy to read. The dominant colors in the illustrations are red, cream, and black, and are created with ink, pencil, charcoal, aquarelle, acrylic, and collage. They have a clear, graphic style that adds drama, especially to the wordless spread depicting the girl when she finally musters the courage to stand up for her shy friend.
For such a loaded subject this book has a light touch. Red is an elegant story about the bravery of everyday life on the playground.
Thanks to Eerdmans for the the review copy.
Jan De Kinder, trans. from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson.
Release date: 03/01/2015
March 20 – April 18, 2015 at Danese/Corey
I loved this little book.