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Interview with illustrator Jon Klassen

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Beautiful book covers:  Jon Klassen’s The Watch that Ends the Night

Jon Klassen does it again.

beatonna:

Beautiful book covers:  Jon Klassen’s The Watch that Ends the Night

Jon Klassen does it again.

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Some recent books I enjoyed

This was a good week for books I picked up or that landed on my desk. Here are a few I enjoyed:

Extra Yarn by Marc Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

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.

Jinchalo by Matt Forsythe

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.

Big Mother #2 by Sam Vanallemeersch

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. 

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And speaking of great children’s books, everything you have read or heard about Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back is true.
The book is funny, gorgeous, and perfect — an instant classic if ever there was one. Beautiful minimalist art and smart, funny writing.

And speaking of great children’s books, everything you have read or heard about Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back is true.

The book is funny, gorgeous, and perfect — an instant classic if ever there was one. Beautiful minimalist art and smart, funny writing.

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I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen - Book Trailer (by CandlewickPress)

I cannot wait for this book — Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back.

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Jon Klassen's illustrations for the picture book Cat’s Night Out are now officially recognized as gorgeous by the Canada Council for the Arts Governor General’s Literary Awards. I strongly agree - I love Jon’s simple, translucent, textured shapes, and they make for a beautiful cityscape.

Jon Klassen's illustrations for the picture book Cat’s Night Out are now officially recognized as gorgeous by the Canada Council for the Arts Governor General’s Literary Awards. I strongly agree - I love Jon’s simple, translucent, textured shapes, and they make for a beautiful cityscape.