Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children About Their Art

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This gorgeous collection of art (and the artists behind it) includes work by some of the world's most renowned children's book illustrators—Mitsumasa Anno, Quentin Blake, Ashley Bryan, Nancy Ekholm Burkert, Eric Carle, Tomie dePaola, Jane Dyer, Mordicai Gerstein, Robert Ingpen, Steven Kellogg, Leo Lionni, Petra Mathers, Wendell Minor, Barry Moser, Jerry Pinkney, Alice Provenson, Robert Sabuda, Matthew Reinhart, Maurice Sendak, Gennady Spirin, Chris Van Allsburg, Rosemary Wells, ...

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Overview

This gorgeous collection of art (and the artists behind it) includes work by some of the world's most renowned children's book illustrators—Mitsumasa Anno, Quentin Blake, Ashley Bryan, Nancy Ekholm Burkert, Eric Carle, Tomie dePaola, Jane Dyer, Mordicai Gerstein, Robert Ingpen, Steven Kellogg, Leo Lionni, Petra Mathers, Wendell Minor, Barry Moser, Jerry Pinkney, Alice Provenson, Robert Sabuda, Matthew Reinhart, Maurice Sendak, Gennady Spirin, Chris Van Allsburg, Rosemary Wells, and Paul O. Zelinsky.

It's a remarkable and beautiful anthology that features twenty-three of the most honored and beloved artists in children’s literature, talking informally to children—sharing secrets about their art and how they began their adventures into illustration. Fold-out pages featuring photographs of their early work, their studios and materials, as well as sketches and finished art create an exuberant feast for the eye that will attract both children and adults.

Self-portraits of each illustrator crown this important anthology that celebrates the artists and the art of the picture book. An event book for the ages.

Proceeds from the book will benefit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken and Sylvia Marantz
Twenty-three top picture book illustrators each write for "young artists" about their early life and art, sometimes providing specific advice to the reader. For each, a full page of text and a photo of the artist as a child appear opposite a self-portrait which is a fold-out flap. Inside the fold-out, each illustrator includes sketches, photographs, and notes about his or her art. In an attractive package, all this information helps us understand a bit about the artists' origins and current thinking about their work. Displayed is the great variety of visual imagination available in picture books. Included are Mitsumasa Anno, Quentin Blake, Ashley Bryan, Nancy Ekholm Burkert, Eric Carle, Tomie dePaola, Jane Dyer, Mordicai Gerstein, Robert Ingpen, Steven Kellogg, Leo Lionni, Petra Mathers, Wendell Minor, Barry Moser, Jerry Pinkney, Alice Provensen, Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, Maurice Sendak, Gennady Spirin, Chris Van Allsburg, Rosemary Wells, and Paul O. Zelinsky. Brief biographies of the artists are added, along with a bibliography. All profits from the sale of this book will benefit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
The title says it all in this anthology of inspirational letters written by 23 contemporary children's-book illustrators to future artists. A multicultural group with amazingly diverse artistic styles, the featured illustrators are some of the best-known and celebrated in the genre, including Mitsumasa Anno, Quentin Blake, Nancy Ekholm Burkert, Eric Carle, Tomie de Paola, Steve Kellogg, Leo Lionni, Petra Mathers, Barry Moser, Jerry Pinkney, Alice Provensen, Maurice Sendak, Chris Van Allsburg, Genady Spirin, Rosemary Wells and Paul O. Zelinksy. Their diversity shines in the text of their letters, in which they share childhood stories, sources of inspiration, views on art, details of how they work and advice on becoming an artist. Opposite each illustrator's letter, a nifty fold-out page presents a montage of "images, art, works-in-progress, photographs of studios and work spaces as well as each artist's wonderful self-portrait." Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart's collaborative self-portrait appropriately resides in one of their pop-ups. Fun to read and view, this anthology is a treasure trove of creative insight and inspiration. Perfect for libraries, art teachers, budding artists and fans of children's-book illustration. (note, biographies, selected bibliography of the artists) (Nonfiction. All ages)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399246005
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/25/2007
  • Pages: 114
  • Sales rank: 238,726
  • Age range: 1 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.12 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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  • Posted May 15, 2012

    Fantastic book!

    This will help you learn about so many fantastic artists!

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