Recommended to read in full…
When I first read the new picture book “Tony,” a gentle ode to a horse that pulls a milk cart, I felt an almost physical sensation of connection to it, as if I’d rediscovered a book I’d loved in childhood. “Tony,” written by Ed Galing and illustrated by Erin E. Stead, seems to glow with love and tender observation. Galing’s primal, near-incantatory text captures the simple wonder of a boy’s love for a horse. Stead’s delicate illustrations, in which mane, tail, and eyes are illuminated by lamplight and softened by evening shadows, are beautifully intimate. “It’s a really loud world out there,” Stead told me recently. “And this is a quiet little postage stamp of a piece of art.”
Stead and her husband, the children’s-book writer and illustrator Philip Stead, are in their mid-thirties. They live and work in a hundred-year-old converted barn in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Their first collaboration, “A Sick Day for Amos McGee,” won the Caldecott Medal in 2011 and was named one of the ten best illustrated children’s books of 2010 by the Times.
full piece via The Making of a Quiet Children’s Classic – The New Yorker.