This edition of A Feature of Pictures is quite blazing with the two books featured- both are exquisite, both are unique, both are wonderful and memorable.
Title: Mix it Up!
Author: Hervé Tullet.
Publisher: Allen and Unwin.
Publish Date: October 22nd, 2014.
RRP: $19.99 (AUS)
This was quite fantastic. A very me kind of book, I was eager and joyed by it; following the steps my heart beat faster as I felt lifted- truly lifted- while my imagination took off and I shook, squashed and painted across the pages. For me, it was simply an incredible experience, and to any age I could easily recommend it (though the outline of the hand, that didn't fit mine and I was, truthfully, upset)- all the time I read I could not WAIT to show it to my niece on October 22nd. (And I am sure, from her expression as she followed my prompting, that she adored it quite as much as I did.)
Creatively, colourfully, joyously wonderful.
Image Credit: Allen and Unwin.
Thank you to Allen and Unwin for this review copy!
Image Credit: Penguin Australia.
Thank you to Penguin Books Australia for this review copy!
Title: The Wild One.
Author: Sonya Hartnett. Illustrated by: Lucia Masciullo.
Publish Date: September 24th, 2014.
RRP: $24.99 (AUD)
This was a picture book that went beyond itself. It told a story on many levels, got me thinking, feeling, hoping and imagining, and I believe it's the first picture book for this year that I didn't have a preference over words or illustrations. Both were exquisite, perfect, beautiful matches for the other. I loved the fauna/flora sketches and latin names dotted throughout, placed among the other, bigger pictures, and that the pictures did truly tell a story as fully as the words. They could both work beautifully alone, but together they were an absolute masterpiece. I think this is the most wonderful picture book I've read this year, and I will treasure it for years to come.