A brief hiatus from Melbourne and from OWL over the weekend sees me feeling refreshed and very slightly tanned (a trip to the beach never goes astray). I took Play Pen on holiday with me as a visual break from book after book of tightly leaded text. Reading this kind of book also allows me to indulge my not-so-secret love of kids’ books while pretending to be an adult. Subtitled ‘new children’s book illustration’, Play Pen is sort of a best-of of children’s illustration in the last couple of years. Why bother trawling through the children’s section of the bookstore when you can find a whole swag of good illustrators in one hit here? (Doesn’t stop me from trawling the children’s section in a slightly suspicious fashion.)
Of course Shaun Tan is in Play Pen, and while I really like his work, everyone else does too – or at least I read about it everywhere. On the other hand, I hadn’t ever heard of Toby Morison or Marc Boutavant but really like their work – particularly Marc Boutavant (above). It’s like reading fairy floss combined with Richard Scarry. In French.
If anyone has a book to recommend to fuel to my thing for children’s illustration, I’d love to hear it. In the meantime I’m wondering if Lilly Piri will ever do a kids’ book?
:: Arwen ::