I picked up a copy of ‘The Dead Bird’ today, a children’s picture book illustrated by one of my fave children’s book illustrators Christian Robinson. I love Robinson’s simple, mixed media illustrations they are always so joyful to look at. The story originally written by Margaret Wise Brown in 1938 was reissued in 2016 with new illustrations by Robinson. The book tells the story of a group of children who find a dead bird and hold a a burial ceremony for it. There are very few children’s books which handle the subject of death and this book does so gently and with sensitivity.
As usual Robinson’s simple, hand-painted illustrations bring the characters to life and add so much to the story. The main scenes are set in a lushly painted green urban park. The book is a must-read for adults and children alike.
So today a book I’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of finally arrived ‘Blockprint’ and here it is in all it’s glory.
I saw it advertised on that section on amazon, that brings up loads of books similar to ones you’ve been looking at so you end up buying them all! I’d recently watched an interview with one of my favourite illustrators Christian Robinson, who talked about making little handmade stamps and incorporating them into his illustrations. As an example, here he has made a little stamp to paint the leaves on the trees. It looks super tactile and playful.
Loads of ideas have been popping into my head about the next book I want to do as part of my course. In my head I’ve been thinking about quirky fishing villages, with a printed sea and lots of nice mark-making. So I’m excited to start experimenting with the techniques in this book. I’ll keep you posted how I get on!