Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The best picture books for children, 2012

At the Guardian, Kate Kellaway collected the best 2012 picture books for children.

One entry on the list:
The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau
by Michelle Markel, illustrated by Amanda Hall

Rousseau’s spirit has inspired Amanda Hall: this book is a captivating homage to a lavish, playful, painterly world. We see Henri, eyes shut, on a Parisian park bench, apparently inhaling the scent of outsize marigolds. Meanwhile, Markel tell his story, and lets us know how art eventually won out against establishment ridicule. She explains: ‘Sometimes Henri is so startled by what he paints that he has to open the window to let in some air.’ We have no need to do likewise – this book is the freshest of breezes. (5+)
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue