Picture books go beyond great storytelling, they’re 32 pages of art, contemporary and classic, innovative, and I’d dare say, just as phenomenal as you’ll see in most galleries. (Honestly, I’d paper my whole home in Shaun Tan).
The artistic vision of illustrators (and cover designers) is overlooked as, “oh how sweet.” But any picture book author knows that she might have to wait four to five YEARS for that “just right” illustrator to work with. They’re THAT good. And illustrators bring flavor, culture, diversity to the pages of books making this art priceless.
So today, I celebrate a few of my favorite picture books that surprised me and whose stories and illustrations bring life to the pages. Picture Books: Not just for kids, you know!
The Day the Crayons Quit written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Schaar Idle (writer/illustrator)
Dentro de la Caja by Paula Giorgi and Pablo David Sanchez