Up to Seven, 2014 List
After Albert Einstein began speaking at age three, he discovered the mystery of a compass. Gouache, pen, and ink illustrations reveal Einstein’s fascination with and constant questioning about light, numbers, and even sugar dissolving while analyzing them scientifically.
Each black page reveals lights from an oncoming vehicle through cleverly placed and shaped die cuts. Both a counting book and a guessing game, enthusiasts can imagine to what vehicle the lights belong—of land, sea, or air.
Simple brightly-colored gouache illustrations on brown kraft paper open windows of imagination with die cuts on every page. A gentle child celebrates the simple pleasures of nature and creativity, never whining, “There’s nothing to do!”
Simple cut-and-relief lino prints of white embossed animals on backgrounds of reds, greens, and blues introduce farm animals. Opposite pages feature intriguing patterns repeating an animal’s shape, giving young readers extra movement and color to ponder.
Bored with his prim and proper life in the city, Mr. Tiger retreats to the wilderness. Sometimes busy and bold, other times spare and somber, Peter Brown’s extraordinary artwork in ink, watercolor, gouache, and pencil skillfully reflect Mr. Tiger’s wild journey.
This family portrait album features one gorilla, two orangutans, and many other primates, including the artist himself at the end. Stunning artwork in mixed media illustrates this unique counting book.
The colors have voices in Duncan’s box of crayons, and each pens a grievance letter—red is “overworked,” purple is “very neat,” and gray is “tired.” A hilarious hierarchy in a box of crayons demonstrates that each should be equally valued.
Poetic language weaving possibilities suggests that one needs both imagination and patience to successfully spot a whale. Delicate linoleum-printed and pencil illustrations of sea greens and blues highlighted with touches of bright color complement this flowing fantasy.
Oil-based pencil and watercolor create a persistent little dragon and a patient but drowsy mama. The requests to “read it again” highlight an ever-changing bedtime story that leads to a fiery surprise in this clever tale.