Author: Michael Dahl; Illustrator: Christina E. Forshay
It is a short rhyming picture book. I’m so amazed that it brings us through a hockey game from the first puck drop to the final buzzer with such limited words. The rhyming is smooth and perfect, like a sing-along song for bedtime. So it serves really perfect for bedtime story. It will bring calm and good dream to children, especially little sport lovers.
The illustrations are vibrant, engaging, full of actions and capturing the sport from various angles. All the details are very charming too. Parents can show their children all the stuff about the sport, older ones will also enjoy looking for and pointing out the items. It’s such a visual pleasure to read the book.
It’s a book perfect for early readers, and all hockey lovers.
Title: Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale
Author: Duncan Tonatiuh
Age Range: 6-9
This book tells a migrant’s tale, since myself being one, books on this topic always draw my attention. This picture book by Duncan Tonatiuh touches on the subject in a very courteous and gentle manner. It brings to light the hardship and struggles faced by thousands of families who seek to make better lives for themselves and their children by leaving their home. It even has plot of the rabbit and coyote illegally crossing the border. This can lead into an educational discussion (in class or between parents and children) about immigration, which can also open up children’s eyes to what is going on in this world.
The flat illustration style is very unique, like paper-cut characters stick to the background, which gives it a hand-made craft feeling, a perfect choice for a culture book. The content includes many Mexican traditional food (such as tortillas, aguamiel), tools, traditions (like papel picado, which became famous from Movie Coco) children will learn a lot about the Mexican culture.
I believe this is a book every migrant and people who are interested at immigration life should read.
A little heads up. Usually I post my reviews on books I read and products I used on Amazon. I found it easy to post and share. But recently for some reason I’m still unsure Amazon wiped ALL of my reviews. I searched online some people met the same issue and it seemed there is no way to recover it or even to dispute. Well, it upset me, but it won’t stop me sharing my reviews on books. I just find reviewing is not only a good way to truly enjoy and learn from a lovely book, but also a great way to help people. So I guess it’s time to resume this blog.
I want to start with this lovely picture book called Bell’s Big Move by Tom Shay-Zapien. It’s a simple lovely story about a girl Sophia and her puppy Bell moving with family to a different place and they made new friends and got used to the new community. The story is well edited and goes smoothly, will appeal to children 3-6 years old, especially those with pets.
The illustrations was bright, beautiful and perfect to the story. It’s unique style of photos of miniatures of dolls and settings. You can see those fine details of these miniatures. No matter the textures and patterns of the fiber, or the cute decorations on lamp, or the little flowers in bushes, are all very well arranged and done.
Besides the illustration works, I’ve been teaching drawing for almost two months already. Honestly it’s my first try to teach a private drawing class, but it turns out to be really good. My student enjoys the class all the time and keeps improving. I also learned to keep the task interesting while challenging. I’m expecting my second kid so for right now I have no plan to take more students, but I’m seriously considering that maybe during fall I’ll open my drawing studio for beginner art lovers. It’s so enjoyable to share tips of doing arts with young art lovers and help them do better and enjoy more.
Working on a new book! The fourth book this year. Hmmm, seems still a productive year so far 🙂 It’s such a pleasure to bring the story to life, To build up an imaginative world and give it some magic touch.
Well, sorry for being SOOOO quiet for the past 5 months! (FIVE months already! Time flies!!) Here are some quick updates. We moved from Atlanta, Georgia to Des Moines, Iowa, yep, big change 🙂 I’ve just finished two children’s books and here is some sneak peek of the illustrations. Working on another new children’s book currently, hope I can get it done next month! Change, Challenge and Creativity! I’ll keep you guys posted! 🙂
Recently I’m working on a new picture book. It’s really fun to draw the setting of a colorful little town. I’ve drawn and painted this kind of small town several times before but every time I had some new ideas and inspirations to explore the style a little bit. This time I’ve tried to make the characters more appealing to beginner readers (the target audience of this picture book) and the overall color tone bright and cheerful.
Cannot believe it’s already mid October! Autumn is right on the corner. Pumpkins, Halloween, holiday season, birthdays of two of my beloved family members… Tons of stuff ahead. And of course, drawing, painting, doodles, picture books… Hope this is a fruitful season to everyone!
Click here to purchase the print of this illustration.
I’ve been pulling out some of my original artworks of black and white drawings with watercolor touch for sale, hand painted and on 9×12 fine art paper. I’ll keep posting artwork in this series. Please feel free to drop me a message if you are interested in purchasing the artwork or a custom order for similar style.