Posts tagged ‘Local Illustrator’

OUR CHILDREN CAN SOAR: A CELEBRATION OF ROSA, BARACK AND THE PIORNEERS OF CHANGE written by Michelle Cook. Foreword by Marian Wright Edelman, illustrated by 13 distinguished artists. (Bloomsbury)

soar“Rosa sat so Martin could march.  Martin marched so Barack could run.  Barack ran so our children can soar!”  An inspiring celebration of African American history and the power of individual lives to make a difference—this beautifully illustrated book puts the pieces together into a single story that is thrilling.  Westchester artist Eric Velasquez did the spread on Obama, capturing the excitement and the promise of his campaign.

Nonfiction/Picture Book, highly recommended- Judith (WLS)


July 1, 2009 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

PIPPA AT THE PARADE by Karen Roosa, illustrated by Julie Fortenberry

pippaRemember what it felt like the first time you went to a parade? This picture book captures the wide-eyed wonder of a parade from a child’s perspective.  Roosa’s text is simple yet rhythmic, following the movement and rat-a-tat sounds of a marching band. Local illustrator Fortenberry combines muted backgrounds with beautiful swirls of vibrant color, perfectly conveying the thrill of trumpets flaring, gymnasts flipping and fireworks bursting.  The charming illustrations create warmth and excitement, and express Pippa’s sheer joy.  Just right for a parade storytime.

Picture Book

Recommended- Jody Sitts (Peekskill)

February 27, 2009 at 5:57 pm 1 comment

CAT by Matthew Van Fleet

catThis interactive concept book about cats provides as much opportunity for exploration and fun as Dogs and Tails.  Twenty – three different breeds of cats are photographed with various expressions, playing or posing.  Pulling a flap could surprise readers; a kitten popping its head out of a boot, or making a tail wag.  There are wonderful touch and feel features; a silky tail, a wrinkly body, and a squeak toy.  Other flaps open for more surprises; “Catastrophe,” a photo of a cat that broke a vase, and an imposing Bull Dog, “Look What the Cat Dragged In.”  The book will wear in time, but is well worth the hours of delight and opportunities for play and fun. Leave this book out on a table or in a cozy reading area for children and caregivers to enjoy or take home. Local Author.

Picture Book

Recommended- Anne Beier (Hendrick Hudson Free Library)

February 25, 2009 at 5:20 pm Leave a comment