Saturday, November 25, 2017

Children's Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling By Martin Salisbury & Morag Styles

  • Paperback
  • 300 Color illustrations
  • 192 pages
  • 280 x 216 mm
  • ISBN 9781856697385
  • Published January 2012
Children’s picturebooks are the very first books we encounter, and they form an important, constantly evolving, and dynamic sector of the publishing world. But what does it take to create a successful picturebook for children?

In seven chapters, this book covers the key stages of conceiving a narrative, creating a visual language and developing storyboards and design of a picturebook. The book includes interviews with leading children’s picturebook illustrators, as well as case studies of their work. The picturebooks and artists featured hail from Australia, Belgium, Cuba, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, the UK and the USA.

In this publication, Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles introduce us to the world of children’s picturebooks, providing a solid background to the industry while exploring the key concepts and practices that have gone into the creation of successful picturebooks.

About the Author

Martin Salisbury is an illustrator and Professor of Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, where he leads the UK’s first Masters programme in children’s book illustration. He is the author of Play Pen: New Children’s Book Illustration (2007).

Morag Styles is Professor of Children’s Literature at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of Art, Narrative and Childhood (2003).
The 411:

As the a reader and the mother of a child artist I was so interested in this book because we spend hours looking over books and seeing how the artwork contributes or even makes the story.

Children's Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling describes how storytellers work with illustrators to create a visual narrative that corresponds with the story. There is wonderful history of artwork for books through the centuries.

I loved illustrator interviews but didn't love the font. While I appreciate that the book focused on the artwork I needed to borrow reading glasses to read this book.

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Laurence King

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from Laurence King Publishers for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.

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