Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Betsy Bird on Brian's Bird

          The Newbery & Caldecott Awards announcements are upon us (January 28th @ 8 a.m. PT) & if you don't know Betsy Bird's renowned blog  Fuse #8 Production, ☚ now's a good time to give it a look. 

           As she says, her blog "features everything from librarian previews of upcoming children's books to news, reviews, and videos. If it has something to do with children's literature, it will rate a mention here." She's the Youth Materials Collection Specialist for the New York Public Library, a Newbery judge, contributor to Horn Book Magazine and all-around kid lit guru.


 ✔ And now for the TAH DAH!  
Betsy's predicting a spot on the Caldecott honors list for MORE. Yup, the medal for the artist who has created the most distinguished picture book of the year. (from the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association) 

 ☀ If you know Brian Lies' work, you'll know why.


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

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:
  illustrates a magpie on a mission,
 {the twigs, a marble, that comb, those blocks...}
 and mice sounding the alarm,

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   
❆  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. 

1 comment:

About Karen Williams said...

Great post. Great books. Love the pics.