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New York Times Best Illustrated artist Chris Sickels spent 15 months creating the art for Jennifer LaRue’s Huget ode to childhood adventure. His clever use of found objects like candy wrappers, erasers, magazines, spoon handles, and fuse boxes are the perfect match for this protagonist’s elaborate scheming and creative spirit. Each spread of art is a photograph of an elaborately handcrafted set, making for a truly one-of-a-kind look for this offbeat guide to running away and, ultimately, coming home.
Big brother being a pain? Baby sister getting all the attention? Mom making you eat your vegetables? Whatever your reason is, there’s only one thing to do. Run away! Huget’s knowing text blends perfectly with Red Nose Studio’s inventive art to provide the perfect plan:
1. You need a really good reason: ―Like maybe your parents are going gaga over your little sister and practically ignoring you.‖
2. Next, you need to pack. ―Forget about tying a bandana to a stick. That’s so old school. Plus, you’ll need something way bigger.‖
3. Say goodbye to your pets. ―It’s not their fault your family’s so mean.‖
4. Leave a note. ―Try to imagine your parents’ faces when they read it. . . . If they look really sad, you’ll know your note is perfect.‖
5. Make a big exit. ―Stomp your feet and make lots of noise.‖
And so the journey begins, and our red-haired hero finds himself on the run, with a world of decisions to make. Ultimately, though, readers will see that there really is no place like home. Coming to a close with a heartfelt reunion between mother and son, this tale presents an engaging journey inside a creative kid’s imagination.
JENNIFER LARUE HUGET was way too big a fraidy-cat to run away from home, but her own kids were far braver. Each one made it all the way to the end of the driveway before turning around. Jennifer is the author of Thanks a LOT, Emily Post!, which Booklist called ―refreshingly offbeat‖ in a starred review; How to Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps; and, most recently, The Best Birthday Party Ever. She lives in Connecticut. Learn more at JenniferLaRueHuget.com.
SUPERMAN: FROM HERE TO THERE takes a look at the history of Superman through his earliest comic book and multimedia incarnations (leading up to the current film version), and spotlights the classic Curt Swan comic characterization that forms the foundation of the public’s perception of this most iconic of comic book creations!
Last year I had the pleasure of working with CarrotNewYork, educational marketing specialist, and designer Mabel Zorzano, on an extensive project for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
With direction by the USDA, CarrotNewYork developed a yummy curriculum for grades 1 through 6. I created all the artwork for the poster and teacher's guides. Since content was being changed and revised as I was finishing up the character art and spots I created the final art without outlines so Mabel could easily resize the art to fit the layouts without worrying about different line weights.
Along with creating all the kids and spot art for the teacher's guides and poster I drew about 50 food items, which were used throughout the curriculum. The types of foods and serving sizes needed to be as realistic as possible in terms of rendering and color while still being cartoony to match the character art. I was able to have a bit more leeway with some black and white food characters for the teacher's guide.
This week, we've got six impressive new photographers, illustrators and CGI artists. Check out their bios and image samples below.
Darren Carroll specializes in sports action and location portraiture for editorial, advertising, and corporate clients worldwide. By taking a more photojournalistic approach to both his action and portrait work, he seeks to bring a sense of realism to even the most highly produced shoots by preferring to work with his subjects in their element, and working with a small, mobile crew capable of adapting to rapidly-changing conditions. An avid runner and barbecue fanatic, he lives just outside of Austin, Texas with his eight year-old son, Jake.
David Clifford has been lucky enough to travel the world and document some of the best climbers and runners along the way. As the Photo Editor at Rock & Ice magazine as well as Trail Runner magazine, Dave has forged lifelong relationships with many talented people. Dave has been selected as a Red Bull Illume finalist, an America 24-7 photographer, a PDN Outdoor finalist; he has won a Maggy award and the APA short video contest grand prize for his film Lucky. Dave is also proud to have mentored many of the best outdoor photographers on the planet.
Eli Meir Kaplan
Eli Meir Kaplan is a photographer in Washington, DC. He became interested in visual media after his parents brought home an early black and white video camera to their apartment in Queens. Eli's first of many videos on the camera was a stop-motion battle between He-Man and Skeletor, which he made when he was four years old. Always passionate about storytelling and beautiful imagery, Eli found that his purpose as a photographer was to capture sensitive, honest and emotional moments. He's been told that he's fun to work with.