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.
Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s seemingly simple, somewhat primitive style belies the rigorous artistic training that he obtained during his early life. While studying in Europe, he discovered Italian frescoes, a medieval form for public wall paintings, and knew that he had found the form for the murals that he wanted to paint for his poor countrymen. His desire was exterior art, available for all to see at any time. The biography also covers Rivera's loves and infidelities including his two marriages to Frida Kahlo. Carefully chosen photographs complement the text, and the thorough backmatter enhances it. Ten to Fourteen. Lynda Adamson
Pages folded or halved carry Andrew's lines as he creates simple new shapes that wander through white space. Andrew remains in his red shoes, orange-striped shirt, and blue pants while his drawings become a dinosaur, rabbit, or night monster.
Lush Hawaiian rainforests, fuchsia skies, and huge flowers thrilled Georgia O’Keeffe in 1939 when she visited to paint pineapples on commission. After a disagreement with her employer, she found an unusual solution. Digital assembly of acrylics on paper creates soft-edged paintings reminiscent of O’Keeffe’s own style.
A dog plays the painter in this clever introduction to the Belgian surrealist, Magritte. When he attempts to control his muse (an impetuous bowler hat), a game of hide-and-seek ensues through mixed-media parodies of his famous paintings while cellophane pages enhance the visual tricks.
Vibrant color, geometric shapes, simple pictures, and clear language combine to introduce color theory: primary, secondary, warm, cool, complementary, and analogous colors as well as value and saturation. Informative and fun.
Ali, a contemporary boy in Baghdad, loves calligraphy and, just as his hero, Yakut, did in the 13th century, finds creating beauty to be a refuge from the trials of war. Stylized collage illustrations evoke the elegance of Arabic art.
This wordless graphic novel hauntingly portrays the universality of the immigrant experience as an unnamed man journeys to an unknown land. Surreal sepia-toned images full of imagination and mystery form a visual tone poem inviting multiple interpretations.
Alternating sections of words and bold pictures show how orphaned Hugo, hidden above a Paris train station in 1931, discovers the secret of a broken automaton and its surprising connection to the history of early movies.