Two new books illustrated by the wonderful Emma Chichester Clark, and if that’s not good enough there are two videos in which she talks about them. We even get to see Plum!
Beginning Friday, the Portland Public Library will show 50 works by the late children’s book illustrator Maurice Sendak, considered by many to be the grandmaster of the art form.
“MAURICE SENDAK: 50 YEARS, 50 WORKS, 50 REASONS”
WHERE: Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square
WHEN: Opens Friday. Through Oct. 25
HOW MUCH: Free
INFO: 871-1700; portlandlibrary.com; sendakexhibition.com
“I was a huge fan, not just because (Maurice Sendak) could illustrate so beautifully, but because he wrote in a way that had never been presented before.” – Whoopi Goldberg, actor
“The genius of Maurice Sendak is that he drew not only with his pencil but with his heart.” – Brian Froud, film and fantasy artist
“Maurice Sendak helped raise my kids – all four of them heard ‘The night Max wore his wolf suit …’ many times.” – Tom Hanks, actor, producer
“‘Where the Wild Things Are’ (is) one of my favorite classic books of all time.” – President Barack Obama
“He began to be honest in the ’50s. He was laceratingly honest at a time when few others were.” – Gregory Maguire, author (“Wicked”)
“He’s a North Star in the firmament of anyone who makes children’s books, in particular for his dark and clear-eyed view of the world that was kindred to me when I was in kindergarten and kindred to me now. …” – Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler), author
“Maurice Sendak helped raise my kids,” writes actor Tom Hanks.
“I would look at those pictures — where Max’s bedroom turns into a forest — and there was something that felt like magic there,” said movie director Spike Jonze.
“Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the publication of Sendak’s best-known book, “Where the Wild Things Are.” On view through Oct. 25, the show features original works from the book, including sketches, illustrations and works on paper, as well as 50 statements from famous people who opine about Sendak’s influence on their lives.
The exhibition is a collaboration between the library and Maine College of Art. MECA’s illustration department chairman, illustrator Scott Nash, began an annual exhibition of children’s book illustrators last year. Edward Gorey was the first, and now comes Sendak.
via Exploring the genius of Sendak | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.
An excellent feature by David Buckman (author of From Bow to Biennale) about the London artist, illustrator and designer Barnett Freedman (1901–1958) who was born in Stepney. An equally talented yet less-well-known contemporary of Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious, his work deserves to be enjoyed by a wider audience.
Includes many examples of Freedman’s work…
with thanks to Peter Bailey for bringing this to my attention, via Facebook
Lots of pictures and comment from Sarah’s weekend at the CBI Conference in Dublin.
Etherington Brothers a Huge Draw for Lanarkshire Pupils
As part of the second Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour of 2013, run by Scottish Book Trust, over 1,500 lucky North and South Lanarkshire primary school pupils were invited into Robin and Lorenzo Etherington’s zany world of comic art and storytelling.
The brothers will have visited ten schools during the tour, including five schools in North Lanarkshire from 13 to 15 May, and a further five schools in South Lanarkshire from 15 to 17 May.
The energetic and engaging Etherington Brothers are a British comic book duo who are changing how pupils and teachers up and down the country are thinking about comic books. With Robin writing and Lorenzo illustrating they show pupils how to devise original characters, worlds and stories for a 21st century audience. Aside from original material, the talented brothers have also produced comic work for Transformers, Star Wars, Wallace and Gromit, and Terminator. They’ve also worked on movies such as Dreamworks’ Monster vs. Aliens and Madagascar.
“It is a genuine honour to be invited to take part in the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour. For over a decade Scottish Book Trust and Scottish Friendly have been exciting readers and writers and artists by bringing a host of incredible authors to schools and libraries across Scotland and England, and we feel truly privileged to join their ranks.”
Chris Newton, Children’s Events Manager at Scottish Book Trust added:
“Scottish Book Trust is delighted to have the Etherington Brothers on the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour. Their events are great fun and I can guarantee that children and adults alike will be spellbound. We hope that the brothers will inspire pupils in North and South Lanarkshire to have a go at writing and drawing their own comics, and most importantly have a long lasting impact on the children’s enthusiasm for reading.”
3 minute video about the way in which HarperCollins goes about generating book jacket designs…
BBC News visited HarperCollins publishers in London to find out how the book cover for Nathan Filer’s debut novel was created.
Extracted from a rather good profile of Peter Sis:
Sis admits that his approach to storytelling — described by some as “cerebral” — has been a strength as well as a deficit, especially in the face of editors who weren’t sure that his sensibility was right for kids. He came over originally as an animator, and found this reaction to be a continuity between the two fields.
“I started to shop my own ideas, and very often I would be told that it’s too cerebral and it’s not American and lots of people told me to go back to Belgium,” he said. “Then the same thing started to happen in the books. They said your ideas are way too serious, too cerebral.”
The un-American quality of Sis’ work became a reason for some editors to attempt micro-managing, to the point where they were directing him to draw bigger eyes on faces, so his characters didn’t look as foreign. Eventually, Sis was able to adapt ordinary American aspects to his stories in a more natural way.
Sis adds at the end of this piece:
“All those houses that I used to know 25 years ago, now it’s down to three big corporations, which are merging and merging. It used to be seven different publishing houses, which had their own identity. In that sense it’s very difficult. Illustrators will be dealing with basically three art directors, who will have to decide if this fits the mainstream market.
“Maybe it’s because I’ve been around the block too long. Could be that when we get older, we get more skeptical. Maybe there will be some other new ways how to do it, but I don’t know at the moment. I’m in this situation where I feel a lot like Maurice Sendak, that there is no publishing left, there are only three editors.”
2013 English 4-11 Picture Book Awards – Winners announced
Established in 1995, these awards are presented annually by the English Association to the best picture books of the previous year, in four categories: Fiction 4-7 and 7-11 yrs, and Non-Fiction 4-7 and 7-11 yrs. The winning books are chosen by the editorial board of English 4-11 from a shortlist of 12-18 books selected by a panel of teachers, with input from children. The prizes are awarded at the English Association’s Annual General Meeting each May, and the winning and shortlisted books are featured in a full-colour poster in the summer issue of the journal. This poster is also circulated to libraries, children’s bookshops and other interested parties. English 4-11 is the only journal dedicated to English in the primary classroom. It is a joint publication of the English Association www.le.ac.uk/engassoc and the United Kingdom Literacy Association www.ukla.org
The Awards will be presented to the winning authors, illustrators and publishers at the English Association’s AGM on Wednesday 15 May at the British Academy in London.
This year’s Winners are:
- The Chronicles of Harris Burdick Chris Van Allsburg, Andersen Press
- Rabbityness Jo Empson, , Child’s Play (International) Ltd
- Who’s For Dinner Claire Freedman, illustrated by Nick East, Little Tiger Press
- Katie and the Starry Night James Mayhew, Orchard
- Mr Leon’s Paris Barroux, translated by Sarah Ardizzone , Phoenix Yard Books
- House of Horrors Nick Arnold, illustrated by Tony De Saulles, Scholastic Children’s Books
- In The Forest Sophie Strady, illustrated by Anouk Boisrobert & Louis Rigaud, Tate Publishing
- Jack and the Baked Beanstalk Colin Stimpson, Templar Publishing
- One Gorilla Anthony Browne, Walker Books
- Demolition Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock, Walker Books
- The Fact or Fiction Behind Urban Myths Paul Mason, Wayland
Very comprehensive blog post from Sarah McIntyre… Highly recommended
We KNOW our publishers can’t do everything, that readers look to authors themselves to be inspired to buy their books, that publishers have limited budgets, and that it makes business sense not to devote quite as much of their time to a book that’s selling millions of copies versus a book that sells hundreds.
At the same time, we’re expected to be writers, artists, bloggers, e-mailers, stage performers and educators. (I itemised the jobs from my blog post, The McIntyre Way™, and added two more jobs: accountant and housewife. Possibly lobbyists, too.) I estimated that I can easily spend 70% of my time doing publicity work when, really, I’d rather spend 70% of my time writing and drawing. So what CAN our publishers do to help us so we actually have time to write and illustrate?
What’s the fashionable book wearing, with publishing’s spring/summer season just begun
There follows witty, ironical commentary by John Dugdale on five current jacket design ‘themes’