ACHUKA Book of the Day 22 Oct 2021
Please note, if you would like to buy this title from your local bookshop, or even from Waterstones, rather than Amazon, it appears you may have to order it and wait 3-4 weeks…
“Yang’s text meets child readers on their own level, framing the natural world as a source of curiosity and delight. His digital illustrations feel warm and organic. Edges are softened and shapes are emphasized, as the pictorial lens zooms in and out to focus on a leaf or portray the grand scale of a seaside cliff. The book works as both an introduction to a fascinating artist and a tribute to the quiet joys of the natural world.” Horn Book
“A marvel of prose, illustration, and design that invites repeated meditation.” KIRKUS
“Less a biography than an attentive, balanced study of an artist’s sensibility, this story ends with an author’s note about Noguchi, who believed that “when an artist stopped being a child, he would stop being an artist.” Publishers Weekly
“Reflective young readers will come away with a deeper feeling for one artist’s work, and also how encounters with nature can spark creativity.” School Library Journal
A fictional boyhood story about a day in the life of the great artist Isamu Noguchi as he explores nature and starts viewing the world as an artist. It is also about becoming comfortable with yourself and solitude.
James Yang is an American illustrator currently based in Brooklyn. He has won over 250 awards for design and illustration, including best of show from 3×3 Magazine. His book Bus! Stop! was selected as an outstanding picture book by The New York Times and the follow up Stop! Bot! was the 2020 Geisel award winner for the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.
The Barbican is currently (through to 9 Jan 2022) showing an exhibition of Noguchi’s sculpture, containing over 150 works, and the children’s information sheet was designed by Yang. See his Instagram:
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