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This was a good week for books I picked up or that landed on my desk. Here are a few I enjoyed:
It’s probably safe to say I will automatically buy any book illustrated by Jon Klassen. Between this and I Want My Hat Back, he’s on a real roll. Here we get more of minimalist, textured drawings. It’s a story about bringing colour and beauty into a dull, grey world. In the hands of any other artist it could have been a candy-coated rainbow, but Jon’s elegant restraint keeps things a little muddy and muted, and I think the book is all the more lovely because of it.
Drawn’s own Matt Forsythe delivers the follow-up to his first book, Ojingogo. Jinchalo continues the wordless fairy tale adventures of Voguchi, and Matt has clearly stepped up his game in terms of his art and pantomime storytelling. It’s a little Alice in Wonderland, a little Jack in the Beanstalk, and a little Wizard of Oz, flavoured with Korean folktales. I love these books so much.
I think my only exposure to Sam V’s work has been through stumbling upon his Flickr account. But after visiting his high-res website and seeing this tabloid-sized book of his drawings from Nobrow, it’s clear that the best way to see his work is BIG.