I haven't posted an update on the blog in a while so I thought it might be nice to do a quick write-up of some of my favorite kid lit reads from the past month or so. My local library finally re-opened its doors and I was able to find a little time between commissions and moving into a new house to discover some stories that I really admire.
Picture Book: Hungry Jim
Written by Laurel Snyder, Illustrated by Chuck Groenink
This charming Sendak-inspired story follows a boy who wakes up to discover he has turned into a lion... and is hungry for a bit more than pancakes. I love Groenink's use of color and the character design is excellent.
Early Chapter Book: Skunk and Badger
Written by Amy Timberlake, Illustrated by Jon Klassen
This new chapter book by Amy Timberlake is fantastic. I like to describe it as "It's like frog and toad, but frog secretly hates toad." The story does a great job of portraying authentic neurodiverse characters and the accompanying illustrations by Klassen are perfect.
Graphic Novel: Lightfall, The Girl & The Guardian
Written and Illusrtrated by Tim Probert
This new graphic novel is a visual stunner. The full color art has so much nuance and detail. Tim really outdid himself. The character design is outstanding and the world he had developed is truly unique and magical.
If you liked this story, here's some more you could try:
A Study of White Space
I have always admired full-page children's book illustrations where the illustrator is able to cleverly incorporate the white of the page into the picture. I feel like sometimes I tend to over-illustrate, filling every square inch of the page with color and line so, recently, while I was working up ideas for the Prairie Writer's and Illustrator's Day illustration prompt, I challenged myself to try and incorporate more white space into my illustration.