Monday, May 18, 2009

Speaking of Ants . . .

This is one of my favorite children's books that I discovered as an adult ~ actually, I had Chris Van Allsburg as an illustration teacher while I was in art school, so I became familiar with his work then and count many of his books among my favorites. One of the classes I took from him was Pen & Ink & Scratchboard, which is the technique used to illustrate Two Bad Ants. This book is about two ants' adventure into an unknown world containing an overwhelming treasure. When the two ants decide to stay behind, they get into all sorts of trouble but finally discover a valuable life lesson. The illustrations are quintessential Van Allsburg ~ beautifully drawn and colored along with a unique point of view and perspective. See more from this book here.

Caldecot award winning illustrator, Chris Van Allsburg has written and illustrated many children's books ~ Jumanji and The Polar Express being two of the best known ~ see all of them here.

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