Friday, March 9, 2012

MORE, MORE, MORE!



✎ It's Freewheelin' Friday! 
Dedicated to Artistic Endeavors of all Sorts













It's also launch week for writer/artist/illustrator
BRIAN LIES☚cool website

Freewheelin'? 
Have I mentioned that he has wheeled around in these...  

☚ ➷ 



because Brian's the New York Times
bestselling author of these.
 



And now there's...

a LOT more~~
Brian takes I.C. Springman's spare 
perfectly chosen words:
NOTHING  * FEW  * SEVERAL  * LOTS
  illustrates a magpie on a mission,
 {the twigs, a marble, that comb, those blocks...}
 and mice sounding the alarm,
 as 
  the 
collecting 
escalates! 

He'll have you counting, poking & studying,
{the pocket watch, a tarnished rattle, 
that harmonica,
those stamps & that ace of spades...}
with ~& without~a toddler at your knee. 


There's even, ummm, more! 
Brian illustrated this tale of the hoarding magpie on handmade papers. He chose half a dozen sheets, from pale & nearly clear, to dark & fibrous "...to echo the crescendo of the bird's collection, with papers which crescendoed in deepening color and organic inclusions~banana and mango leaf pieces, hay, etc." 

❆  Savor every page   
brianlies.com 
❆  MORE  
a joyful read & cautionary tale for all 
~little guys to grownups~ 
brought to life by a master at his craft.



"Dramatic paintings add depth and foreboding to a lesson about excessive materialism."--Kirkus

"The fable offers a finely drawn, restrained 'less is more' lesson about attachment to things."--Publishers Weekly

"This is a timely, clearly needed fable for contemporary society as it tries to unravel itself from excessive materialism. Ideal for discussions about reducing consumption."--School Library Journal, starred review


Head to your nearest indie bookstore
Pick up MORE for the child in your life 
                        &
MORE for your permanent collection. 

3 comments:

Barbara O'Connor said...

Great post!

Carolyn DeCristofano said...

"A master at his craft." Yep, that is Brian Lies. He always leaves us wanting...
Yes...
MORE.
I've seen the book and it is breathtakingly beautiful. Leslie, you did a great job capturing the wonderful complexity of the art.

Meg said...

I looooove picture books -- this one is not only a great premise, but I'm sure have fabulous illustrations as well! WOW. Congrats to Brian!