This Week in Rillabooks

September 27, 2011 @ 7:55 am | Filed under: Books, Picture Book Spotlight

Is there anything in the world more happymaking than the artwork of a small child?

Perhaps the artwork of a small child inspired by a favorite book. Remember how much my whole family (seriously, every single one of us from 42 to 2) enjoyed Jon Klassen’s deliciously startling I Want My Hat Back?

Rilla was moved to attempt her own rendering of the bear at the pivotal moment when he recalls where he has seen his lost hat. That may be my favorite page in the book—the visual shock of the red background so perfectly captures the drama of the bear’s epiphany, and hints at the outrage he feels.

Now she’s working on a page from another family favorite: Don and Audrey Wood’s The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear.


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  1. Boy, the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree does it?

    Great artwork Rilla!

  2. We love The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear! We have the board book now after having gone through two paper backs in the last 10+ years. The second one only managed to last 2 years. Try not to gasp at our obvious book abuse. ;)

  3. Delightful.

    I’m finding that an unintended side effect of my plan to start each day with alphabet themed coloring pages is that the art supplies seem to come out with much greater frequency. Where it used to be once a week now it’s almost daily and projects will last all day as Bella returns again and again to add a few more touches.

    I do love all the artwork. It is indeed happy making.

  4. Love, love, love her artwork!

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