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Little Big Books: Illustration for Children's Picture Books [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Robert Klanten , Hendrik Hellige
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Book Description

15 July 2012
Children see the world with different eyes. Through illustrated stories in children s books they learn about the world in which they live. The best picture books for children not only feature wonderful stories, but also tell them in a visually appealing way. Children are very critical readers who simply cast aside books they deem boring, overzealous, pedantic, or visually unimaginative. Thankfully, a rich selection of contemporary children s books is currently available. They deal with quite sophisticated topics and feature cutting-edge images. Despite, or because of, the ubiquity of televisions and computers, children s books have remained popular with kids and parents. These books have also not lost their appeal for illustrators and publishing houses not least because a hit children s book can serve as the lucrative basis for TV programs, video games, toys, or other merchandising. Little Big Books showcases the best examples of illustration for children s books and documents current trends in their design. Reflecting a broad range of styles, methods, and materials, the images and concepts featured here provide an insightful overview of the most important aesthetic developments over the last several years. An introductory text puts the current work into the historical context of classic illustrated books for children. Little Big Books is a valuable resource for illustrators, publishing houses, parents, grandparents, and anyone who is looking for compelling illustrated children s books beyond teddy bears and kitty cats.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag (15 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3899554469
  • ISBN-13: 978-3899554465
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 24.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, playful and diverse 4 Feb 2013
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Little Big Books is a wonderful collection of work from 100 illustrators and creators of children picture books. That's 240 pages in this big beautiful hardcover book.

The illustrations are fun, playful and diverse. There's an appealing childlike simplicity to them. Each illustrator has a profile and there are five interviews talking about the psychology of children picture books, awards, and advice on publishing rights and licensing.

It's a great book for children book illustrators and those looking for inspiration on drawing for children.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting 6 Jun 2013
By dmm
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If you (like me) think this book will tell you how to illustrate for children's picture books and give you tips and tricks on your journey, you will be disappointed. But on the other hand it has a really lovely and great collection of illustrators who illustrate for children's picture books, and they have become very inspirational to me! So i love the book anyway, there are many lovely drawings in this little big book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book brimming with inspiration 14 Aug 2013
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I bought this book for some inspirational research I am doing as a graphic designer and I must say that it doesn't disappoint. It is a great work and showcases some really brilliant illustration. Robert Klanten's books are always put together with so much love - I will be enjoying this for many years to come. I highly recommend this for graphic designers and illustrators who want to see what's going on out there. Robert Klanten has done a great job at pulling it all together for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book 26 Mar 2013
By LizWx
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I haven't had this book long but it has lots of lovely examples of peoples work. Interesting interviews and articles. Really nice feel to the book. Glad to own it and looking forward to getting back to it.
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