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Show and Tell: Exploring the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration Hardcover – March 26, 2008

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Starred Review. Grade 7 Up—Who better to "show and tell" how children's book illustrators work their magic than Evans, whose life mission has been to advocate for their status as fine artists. Twelve contemporary artists are covered in as many chapters, with content ranging from Kay Thompson's Eloise (S & S, 1955) illustrated by Hilary Knight, to Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Scholastic, 2007). Evans relays their education, favorite artists, approaches to specific composition problems or texts, and serendipitous moments, subtly revealing a picture of the individuals behind the images. The strength of this book lies in the depth of the author's understanding regarding how decisions about formal qualities and design affect narrative and in her ability to articulate their effectiveness for the layperson. She discusses the tension created by the perspective, the orange-red wall, and the swinging clock pendulum in David Shannon's No, David! (Scholastic, 1998) as the young imp prepares to whack a baseball across the living room. She points out Bryan Collier's "linear striations" suggesting the moving currents painted across a portrait for Doreen Rappaport's Freedom River (Hyperion, 2000) and their effectiveness in conveying the river's importance to the slaves. The color reproductions are true; spreads are carefully placed so the gutter in the book being discussed lines up with this title's stitching where possible. Book jackets and vignettes grace the margins. An enlightening must-read for all picture-book enthusiasts.—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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This attractive title will be a boon for librarians, teachers, students, and anyone else who wants to learn to look at and talk about the art in children's books, as well as better understand the stories behind the pictures.

"At last, [Dilys Evans'] wisdom appears in print. The children's illustration field has needed this book for decades! Julie Cummins, former coordinator, Office of Children's Services, New York Public Library



THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS
...art-focused young people of middle-school age or higher would find much to contemplate here.

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED REVIEW
An enlightening must-read for all picture-book enthusiasts.

KIRKUS REVIEWS
Even if you've had come of their art at home for years, or all your life for that matter, Evans's handsomely produced album will tempt you to take it out, and to see it with new eyes.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (March 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811849716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811849715
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eileen M. Carlson on September 13, 2009
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Show and Tell: Exploring the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration finally elevates the illustrations in children's books to the status it deserves. Browsing through this book, the reader sees first hand the quality of the art available to children in their picture books. Children's illustrators have been under appreciated for years. The author of Show and Tell educates adults about the significance and importance of the illustrations in a children's book--something not lost on children by the way. The reader sees how the art carries the emotion of the story and tells so much more than words can. Artists use all different media to illustrate children's books allowing children to grow in art appreciation from very young ages. The artists spotlighted in Show and Tell are representative of the different styles of art available to children in their books today. The author of this book was the first person to put together an exhibit of the art from children's books bringing that art an acceptance it richly deserves.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Design Maven on June 11, 2008
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The illustrations are reproduced beautifully. The biographies are well written and give you a sense of the personalities of the illustrators, as well as some useful information on technique. Loved it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nancy W. Trump on May 10, 2011
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I also am an Illustrator, and a teacher - now retired, so back in my studio almost full time. I love reading, and children's books. This was helpful from a planning point of view, as I am currently in the process of illustrating a children's book. My Grandchildren loved reading it, too.
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