"Children's Picturebooks - The Art of Visual Storytelling (second edition)" by Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles is a fantastic update of a title that was first published in 2012, pulling together new and emerging talent in the picture book field and once again showing how the medium has evolved from the very first illustrated stories, through to the superb titles that catch our eyes amongst modern-day kidlit.
If anything, it's like trawling through an immense catalogue of all of our previous Book of the Week winners over the past 10 years, with notable blog faves such as Shaun Tan, Jon Klassen and Beatrice Alemagna featuring in several of the chapters, broken down by particular subject areas to show just how picture books deal with a dizzying array of diverse subjects.
|Jon Klassen's classic "I Want My Hat Back" (Walker Books) - Someone's in a LOT of trouble.|
|Beatrice Alemagna's absolutely gorgeous world building in "The Marvellous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty" (Thames and Hudson)|
Sum this book up in a sentence: Absolutely worth its weight in gold, a superb showcase of amazing children's books and the incredibly talented folk behind them
"Children's Picturebooks - the Art of Visual Storytelling (2nd Edition)" by Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles is out on 6th January 2019, published by Laurence King (kindly supplied for review).