Wednesday, 10 June 2009

"Nasty" Interior art

Some of the full page interior cuts from the new edition of Michael Rosen's "Nasty".

The Book consists of a series of comic horror tall tales related by a woman first met by the narrator in a London pub. Among other things a giant flea infesting the Underground, belligerent wasps in the middle of winter, poisonous burgers, mouse hypnotising, and a runaway grizzy bear, lots of fun to illustrate.

The book is released on 6th August and can be pre-ordered from Amazon.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

New Children's Laureate

Anthony Browne has been elected the new Children's Laureate in UK, as reported by the Guardian here.

"Browne said that he would use his two-year stint as laureate to focus on the appreciation of picture books, and the reading of both pictures and words. 'Picture books are for everybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older'..."

This is wonderful news, not only is Browne a fantastic illustrator he's a great spokesman for children's books. Picture books have been in the doldrums for several years now, let's hope that despite the recession things will start looking up. Go for it Anthony!

Friday, 5 June 2009

Illustration Friday - Craving

I promise more essays on the way soon, but for now something for this week's Illustration Friday topic "craving".

It's a spread from the picture book 12の月たち (12 no Tsuki-tachi, or "The Twelve months" in English), first published back in 1991 in Japan. It's a classic fairytale from Slovakia, following the tale of gentle Marushka who is sent out into the freezing winter forest to bring back impossible things for her cruel stepmother and bullying step sister. First they crave violets, then strawberries, and finally apples. Each time the frozen girl is helped by one of 12 brothers in the woods, each representing one of the 12 months, who change the seasons to give her the items. Needless to say, it all ends badly for the evil step-mother and sister when they go seeking the fruits themselves.

The book, released by Miki House in Japan, has been through several reprints already, and a new edition is to be released later this year. Drawn in a very traditional style, this is one of my biggest selling titles in Japan. Sadly, no release in the West though.