Thursday, February 27, 2014

levi pinfold and his "black dog"

levi pinfold

black dog

This is a terrific picture book. I would even call it a profound book because is can teach us such wonderful things about the power and resilience of even the very smallest person. The illustrations are brilliantly rendered, and rich with detail and atmosphere, color and setting. I was first introduced to this book because it was an Honor book for the Horn Book Award 2013. LA

A tall pink house stands in a snowy forest; outside is a big black dog. 

One by one the members of the Hope family see it and cower, and with every sighting the dog grows in size and fearsomeness until he is larger than the house itself. 

Finally it falls to the family’s youngest member, little Small, to address the problem. The little girl meets the by-now enormous black dog head-on and coaxes it to friendly, regular-sized compliance with bravery and a song. 

In most spreads small sepia panels illuminate the action on one page with a single bright, full color, full-page drawing opposite. The Hopes’ home is a hodgepodge of homey detail, rendered with exquisite texture and cluttered composition, where readers will enjoy searching among the dolls and decorations for repeating characters and parallel stories. 

The traditional feel of the cumulative telling and the art’s surreal precision and fanciful decay combine to offer a curious metaphorical consideration of what it means to be afraid and what it takes to conquer those fears. 

     THOM BARTHELMESS in Horn Book Magazine

BLACK DOG Winner of the 2013 Kate Greenaway Medal. The judges citation noted in particular the clever way that the big dog in the illustrations "pushes the text off the page."

Booklist said in a starred review, "An inner imp has rarely been so sweetly and savvily rendered."

Black Dog was also winner of the 2013 Horn Book Honor Award

Also by Levi Pinfold

Levi Pinfold's debut book, The Django

won a Booktrust Early Years Award. 

Michael Foreman described it as, 

"A virtuoso display of real drawing."


There's magic and music at the heart of this original and touching story. When Little Jean first comes across the Django he just sees a tricksy creature capable of causing absolute chaos. And, first by breaking Jean's father's banjo and later by playing all kinds of tricks around the farm, that is exactly what the Django does. Of course, Jean gets the blame for everything that goes wrong as no one else can see Django. If only he can go back to life before the Django.

Written as a tribute to the great musician Django Reinhardt, this is also a touching story for all. 
"What makes the book special is its painterly qualities; take, for example, the picture of the caravan, standing in summer grass next to a shed of stained corrugated iron. It is a fully imagined world. I liked, too, the fierce authenticity of the father's face." The Observer

Levi Pinfold was born in the Forest of Dean. From a young age he loved books and comics and spent many of his days drawing and writing his own stories. At the age of seven, Pinfold went to watercolour classes where he was introduced to the medium that he still works in. His love of stories, painting and the work of illustrators such as Maurice Sendak, Alan Lee and Dave McKean led him to study Illustration at the University College Falmouth, where he developed narrative illustrations in his own style - a stylised realism - creating his imagery from imagination.

The Django, his debut picture book, is inspired by Pinfold's love of music. He won The Booktrust Early Years Award in the Best Emerging Illustrator Category for 2010 for The Django. Levi is also one of 10 illustrators to win the Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award in 2011. His second picture book for Templar, Black Dog, was published in November 2011 to critical acclaim and recently won the Children's Book Award in the AOI Illustration Awards 2013. Levi is now living in Brisbane, Australia and working on a new picture book for Templar slated for 2014 publication.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Maurice Sendak, an Illustrated Bibliography

Maurice Sendak, 1928-2012

Illustrated Bibliography

Sendak's artwork that focuses on READING is featured throughout the bibliography

drawing for Time Magazine,
Rosenbach Library collection

Books Written and Illustrated by Maurice Sendak 

1956 Kenny's Window

1957 Very Far Away

1960 The Sign on Rosie's Door 

1962 The Nutshell Library
  •  Alligators All Around (An Alphabet)
  •  Chicken Soup with Rice (A Book of Months)
  •  One Was Johnny (A Counting Book)
  •  Pierre (A Cautionary Tale)

1963 Where the Wild Things Are

1967 Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or, There Must Be More to Life

1970 In the Night Kitchen

1970 Ten Little Rabbits: A Counting Book with Mino the Magician

1975 Maurice Sendak’s Really Rosie Starring the Nutshell Kids (with songs by Carole King)

1975 Seven Little Monsters (this is the date of the first publication of this work which was in Switzerland, first U.S. edition: 1977)

1976 Posters by Maurice Sendak

1976 Some Swell Pup or Are You Sure You Want a Dog? (with co-author Matthew Margolis)

1981 Fantasy Sketches

1981 Outside Over There

1988 Cover art for Caldecott and Co: Notes on Books and Pictures (an anthology of essays on children’s literature)

1995 Maurice Sendak’s Christmas Mystery (a box containing a book and jigsaw puzzle)

2011 Bumble-Ardy

2013 My Brother’s Book, published posthumously


Poster for Children's Book Week 1960,
Children's Book Council NYC

Books Illustrated by Maurice Sendak but Written by Other Authors

1947 Atomics for the Millions (Dr. Maxwell Leigh Eidinoff)
[Sendak's first book was a textbook penned by his high school teacher]

1951 The Wonderful Farm (Marcel Aym├ę)
Sendak's artwork is published in a children's book for the first time

1951 Good Shabbos Everybody (Robert Garvey)

1952 A Hole is to Dig: A First Book of First Definitions (Ruth Krauss)

1952 Maggie Rose, Her Birthday Christmas (Ruth Sawyer)

1953 A Very Special House (Ruth Krauss)

1953 Hurry Home Candy (Meindert DeJong)

1953 The Giant Story (Beatrice Schenk de Regniers)

1954 I’ll Be You and You Be Me (Ruth Krauss)

1954 Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Farm (Betty MacDonald)

1954 The Tin Fiddle (Edward Tripp)

1954 The Wheel on the School (Meindert DeJong)

1955 Charlotte and the White Horse (Ruth Krauss)

1955 Happy Hanukah Everybody (Hyman and Alice 

1955 Little Cow & the Turtle (Meindert DeJong)

1955 Singing Family of the Cumberlands (Jean Ritchie) [not shown]

1955 Seven Little Stories on Big Subjects (Gladys Baker Bond) seven books in a box

1955 What Can You Do with a Shoe? (Beatrice Schenk de Regniers) this picture book was reissued in 1997 with full-color illustrations

1956 The Happy Rain (Jack Sendak, Maurice Sendak’s brother)

Maurice and Jennie with Jack Sendak, 1956

1956 The House of Sixty Fathers (Meindert DeJong)

1956 I Want to Paint My Bathroom Blue (Ruth Krauss)

1957 The Birthday Party (Ruth Krauss)

1957 Circus Girl (by Jack Sendak, Maurice Sendak’s brother)

newer jacket design

from Circus Girl

1957-1968 Little Bear Series (Else Holmelund Minarik).
  •  Little Bear (1957)
  •  Father Bear Comes Home (1959)
  •  Little Bear's Friend (1960)
  •  Little Bear's Visit (1961)
  •  A Kiss for Little Bear (1968)

1957 You Can’t Get There from Here (Ogden Nash)

1958 Along Came a Dog (Meindert DeJong)

1958 No Fighting, No Biting! (Else Holmelund Minarik)

1958 What Do You Say, Dear? (Sesyle Joslin)

1959 Seven Tales by H. C. Andersen (Eva Le Gallienne, translator)

1959 The Moon Jumpers (Janice May Udry)

1960 Open House for Butterflies (Ruth Krauss)

1960 Windy Wash Day and Other Poems (Dorothy Aldis) for the collection: Best in Children's Books: Volume 31

from "Windy Wash Day and Other Poems"

1960 Dwarf Long-Nose (Wilhelm Hauff, author; Doris Orgel, translator)

1961 What the Good-Man Does Is Always Right (Hans Christian Andersen) for the collection: Best in Children's Books: Volume 41 

1961 Let's Be Enemies (Janice May Udry)

1961 What Do You Do, Dear? (Sesyle Joslin)

1961 Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present (Charlotte Zolotow)

1962 The Big Green Book (by Robert Graves)

1962 The Singing Hill (Meindert DeJong)

1963 The Bat-Poet (Randall Jarrell)

1963 The Griffin and the Minor Canon (Frank R. Stockton)

1963 How Little Lori Visited Times Square (Amos Vogel)

1963 Sarah’s Room (Doris Orgel)

1963 She Loves Me...She Loves Me Not... (Robert Keeshan, aka Captain Kangaroo)

1964 The Bee-Man of Orn (Frank R. Stockton)

1965 The Animal Family (Randall Jarrell)

1965 Hector Protector and As I Went Over the Water: Two Nursery Rhymes (traditional)

1965 Lullabies and Night Songs (Alec Wilder, composer; William Engvick, editor)

1966 Zlateh The Goat and Other Stories (Isaac Bashevis Singer)

1967 The Golden Key (George MacDonald)

1969 The Light Princess (George MacDonald)

1971 Somebody Else’s Nut Tree and Other Tales from Children (Ruth Krauss)

1972 Cover art and design for Down the Rabbit Hole: Adventures and Misadventures in the Realm of Children’s Literature (Selma G. Lanes)

1973 King Grisly-Beard: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm (Edgar Taylor, translator)

1973 The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm (Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, selected by Lore Segal and Maurice Sendak, translated by Lore Segal and Randall Jarrell)

1974 Cover art for Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales & Stories, translated from the Danish by Erik Christian Haugaard

1975 Pleasant Fieldmouse (Jan Wahl)

1976 Fly by Night (Randall Jarrell)

1977 Shadrach (Meindert DeJong)

1979 Frontispiece for The Portent (George MacDonald) [not shown]

1983 Jacket drawing for Kleist, a Biography (Joachim Maass)

1984 The Love for Three Oranges: The Glyndebourne Version (Frank Corsaro, author with Maurice Sendak, based on L'Amour des Trois Oranges, by Serge Prokofiev)

1984 Nutcracker (E.T.A. Hoffman)

1985 In Grandpa's House (Philip Sendak, Maurice Sendak’s father)

1985 The Cunning Little Vixen (Rudolf Tesnohlidek)

1988 Dear Mili (Wilhelm Grimm)

1988 Story Poems for the collection Sing a Song of Popcorn: Every Child’s Book of Poems (selected by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, Eva Moore, Mary Michaels White, and Jan Carr)

"The Jumblies" from Story Poems

1990 Cover Art and Illustration for the collection The Big Book for Peace (various authors and illustrators) 

1992 I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild’s Pocket Book (Iona and Peter Opie, editors)

1993 We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy: Two Nursery Rhymes

1995 Pierre: or, The Ambiguities, The Kraken Edition (Herman Melville) 

interior art for Pierre

1995 The Miami Giant (Arthur Yorinks)

1996 Frank & Joey Go to Work (a board book, written and directed by Arthur Yorinks; set and costumes by Maurice Sendak; photography by Ky Chung)

1996 Frank & Joey Eat Lunch (a board book, written and directed by Arthur Yorinks; set and costumes by Maurice Sendak; photography by Ky Chung) [not shown]

1997 What Can You Do with a Shoe? (Beatrice Schenk de Regniers) a reissue with full-color illustrations, original edition 1955

1998 Penthesilea (Heinrich von Kleist, author; Joel Agee, translator) 

interior art for Penthesilea

1998 Swine Lake (James Marshall)

2000 Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom (Ursula Nordstrom, author; Leonard S. Marcus, editor) [not shown]

2000 A Perfect Friend (Reynolds Price) 

2003 Brundibar (Tony Kushner)

2005 Bears (Ruth Krauss) [this story was originally published with illustrations by Phyllis Rowand in 1948 by Harper & Bros.]

2006 Mommy? [Sendak’s only pop-up book] (Scenario by Arthur Yorinks, Paper Engineering by Matthew Reinhart)