Author and illustrator learn they must work together despite artistic differences, or the book they each imagine will never exist. The story about Chloe differentiates from the story of the story through cartoon art including balsa backdrops, Sculpey clay figures, and computer graphics.
An artistic mouse eagerly inserts her self-portrait into twenty-two brightly-hued copies of famous modern art pieces. After faithfully capturing styles from Picasso to Pollack, she finally finds her own uniqueness. An afterward provides biographical information about the artists.
Backderf knew serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer as a weird high-school friend who behaved bizarrely for their amusement. The carefully-crafted illustrations in this graphic novel reveal Dahmer’s seriousness in contrast to his classmates’ disregard and Backderf’s belief that early intervention and treatment might have stopped Dahmer’s violence.
Self-taught artist Henri Rousseau ignored harsh critics by continuing to paint in his surrealistic, primitive style until younger painters like Picasso recognized his uniqueness. Illustrations in Rousseau’s dreamy style feature vibrant colors in both watercolor and acrylic. Backmatter enlarges Rousseau’s story.
Colorful anthropomorphized birds from Bethlehem agree that they must investigate this miracle attracting kings and "heavenly hosts" singing in the night to their town. Their "birds'-eye view" creates an unusual approach to the Nativity story.
Pondering the meaning of infinity, Uma, while wearing her new red shoes, asks friends (“napping figure eight), teachers (endless music), and family (a family tree) for definitions. Creative age-appropriate examples complement whimsical illustration to explore this sophisticated concept.
Graphite illustrations in this monochromatic tale set in Confederate Virginia expressively present an imagined episode about the Underground Railroad.Powerfully--and wordlessly--a young girl's courage fights oppression.
This well-researched and documented assembly of inspiring and incredible stories of individuals and small groups who valiantly fought against the Nazi regime offers a look at people who decided that, regardless of the consequences, they would focus on survival for themselves and others in need. Archival photographs and thorough backmatter complement the text.
Magical memories of Maine winters highlight the joys of ice in its many forms. Twenty short chapters illustrated with delicate pen-and-ink drawings celebrate the season from the first thin skim of ice on sheep pails to the perfect ice for the best skating of one’s dreams.