“With the eye of a Renaissance painter and the ear of Dr. Seuss, Aussie Graeme Base is not your basic children’s book author.” People
This unique book, lavishly illustrated with original art and offering never before seen photographs and art, is an evocative look at the life and work of beloved and bestselling author and artist Graeme Base, the creator of the children’s classics Animalia and The Eleventh Hour, as well as recent bestsellers The Water Hole, Jungle Drums, and Uno’s Garden. This book goes beyond his children’s book legacy to offer a candid peek into the mind of a creative genius.
Beginning with Base’s own storybook childhood in England, we see how his imagination was fed by his family’s love of music, literature, and nature; and how his talent was enriched by travel, teachers, friends, and his wife and their three children.
From Base’s earliest drawings, pop-up cards, and homemade board games, through his years as a teenager and rock musician, and through a quarter-century of published books, we learn about the artists, musicians, writers, and humorists who inspired him, and witness the working of one artist’s extraordinary mind.
|Publisher:||Abrams, Harry N., Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||11.50(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Julie Watts worked for eighteen years as a publisher of books for children and young adults at Penguin Books Australia, collaborating with many celebrated authors and illustrators, including Graeme Base.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a compliation of Graeme Base's wonderful and imaginative art work. It is a testiment to his creativity. He is one of our favorite authors for both adults and children.
Perhaps best known for his creation of Animalia, Graeme Base is a prodigiously talented artist whose paintings enchant both children and adults. To celebrate a quarter century of his extraordinary talent Penguin Books Australia published this retrospective of his work. With text by children's book editor and publisher Julie Watts who has worked closely with Base we are not only treated to a magnificent collection of his art but also to insights into the life and mind of this unique artist. Words are inadequate to describe the riotous colors and incredible detail found in Base's paintings. Watts describes his appeal well, 'What I first saw as clutter is actually the hallmark of Graeme's work. The crowded design is one of the things children like most, because it gives them so much to do, so much to search for. The amazing imaginative worlds portrayed, each teeming with life, give children so much to discover for themselves.' And so much for all ages to search for and discover I might add. What a pleasure to have many of his pieces in one lavish 244 page volume with 400 full-color illustrations, 400 reasons to return to this book again and again. - Gail Cooke