With illustrious tales of characters like Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, and Jemima Puddle-Duck, Beatrix Potter established herself as one of the most cherished and influential author/illustrators of children's literature. Read more...
With illustrious tales of characters like Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, and Jemima Puddle-Duck, Beatrix Potter established herself as one of the most cherished and influential author/illustrators of children's literature. To mark her milestone birthday, this gorgeous collection features beautiful illustrations of Potter's characters, as interpreted by well-known illustrators. Each illustration is accompanied by text from the artist explaining what that character means to them, making this a true celebration of Beatrix Potter.
Praise forA Celebration of Beatrix Potter:
"How delightful to see Peter Rabbit, Mr. McGregor, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, and company portrayed in various and unique styles. Excerpts from and introductory descriptions of nine of Potter s books round out this superb collection...This 150th anniversary celebration of the life and work of Beatrix Potter will encourage aspiring young artists to carry on her legacy." Linda L. Walkins, School Library Journal, Starred Review"
- ISBN-13: 9780241249437
- ISBN-10: 0241249430
- Publisher: Warne Frederick & Company
- Publish Date: November 2016
- Page Count: 112
- Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-10-03
- Reviewer: Staff
To commemorate Beatrix Potters 150th year, The Tale of Peter Rabbits first publisher invited 32 illustrators to reflect on Potters influence. Each artist shares nostalgic remarks and creates an illustration inspired by a Potter classic, alongside excerpts from nine Potter books. Understandably, remorseless gardener Mr. McGregor looms large in several images. Brendan Wenzel calls him a near perfect bogeyman and, in a spooky watercolor, depicts him staring through milky glasses; Kelly Murphy pictures him in the same inscrutable spectacles, brandishing a sharp-toothed rake. Peter Reynolds and Laura Vaccaro Seeger focus on Peter Rabbits mother (She had suffered a terrible loss... and still she remained productive, optimistic, and loving, writes Seeger, painting Peters plump mother with two babies). Tomie dePaola imagines Potter having tea with a human-size Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, Dan Santat pictures bullfrog Jeremy Fisher feverishly awaiting a bite on his fishing line, and David Wiesner alludes to his own frog fantasy, Tuesday, with Jeremy seated aboard a levitating lily pad. Bonus points go to Jarrett J. Krosoczka, who combines essay and illustration in a nine-panel comic, reflecting on how Potter drew from specimens: I look up photos online. How lazy. I need to remember to be more like Beatrix Potter and draw from the wildlife that surrounds me. (Krosoczka humorously shows himself drawing a puga far cry from a hedgehog or taxidermic squirrel, but a life-form nonetheless.) Ambitious readers might take a cue from the collection and envision Potters heroes in new settings, while longtime admirers will find their fond recollections mirrored in the artists words and images. Ages 37. (Nov.)