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Play Pen: New Children's Book Illustration Paperback – 15 Oct 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King; 01 edition (15 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856695247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856695244
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 1.8 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 772,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Martin Salisbury is a lecturer in illustration and a freelance illustrator. He designed and leads the UK's first Masters program in children's book illustration at Anglia Ruskin University. He is the author of Illustrating Children's Books (Quarto/A&C Black), a practical guide to illustration.


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Fantastically researched overview of interesting children's illustration from all around the world. Great reference for parents looking beyond In the Night Garden and for creatives doing visual research.
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I'm a graphic designer who's been toying with the idea of creating a children's book for a while. I bought this out of curiosity and as a starting point and inspiration for possible styles - it contains work from around 30 different illustrators, ranging from simple minimal pencil drawn illustrations through to very detailed painted ones. Each illustrator is given four pages, generally covering one piece of work, the first page also contains a few paragraphs about them. There's a really nice range of work shown as they all have quite different styles from each other. The book is a nice size too. I like it, not much else to say.
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Relatively disappointing showcase of artists works - not really what I was looking for but nice book overall. Too many words not enough art.
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very happy with this book
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HASH(0x8e82af90) out of 5 stars A varied selection, really inspiring! 23 Jan. 2008
By dragonness - Published on Amazon.com
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In the Introduction, Martin Salisbury has an important quote from Walter Herdeg that pinpoints why it's so important to expose children to good art: 'The smallest owner of books has his special, private art gallery and a unique relationship to it, for he pores over his favourites endlessly, staring at them with a fascination that guarantees indelible memories of scenes and subjects - French, Swedish, Swiss, English, and many others.'

The book offers a varied selection of the best of contemporary children's illustrators from around the world, including Mexico, China and Iran, as well as the more accessible Western artists. There is some biographical information about each artist, and a selection of beautifully reprinted illustrations. In addition, we get a few quotes from the artists themselves where they talk about their inspiration and their style.

I was surprised to learn how many work entirely in the digital medium, even though you couldn't tell the difference from looking at their output.

Less surprising was the note about the more cautious and politically correct approach to illustration that American publishers have, versus, for example, their Italian counterparts, who are much more open to experimental work that is not necessarily obviously aimed at an audience of children.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90046b88) out of 5 stars A rewarding purchase 5 May 2008
By A. Summers - Published on Amazon.com
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A gorgeous and effortless read showcasing interesting and varied children's book illustrators from around the world. The layout is simple and clean, with biographical info about each illustrator and then three pages of their work (or in some cases, five pages). Despite a pithy (but short) introduction, this is far from an academic text. It will, however, get you thinking about the nature of illustration for children's books and may spur you onto further reading or research. Plus the visual stimulation is inspiring!
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HASH(0x8f1ea2d0) out of 5 stars Play Pen thoughts 14 April 2010
By D. Hatcher - Published on Amazon.com
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Some great samples of the children's book illustrators art, but unfortunately the book is spoiled by typography desperately trying to be too clever and ending up almost illegible.
A great shame to reduce a book like this to being almost just a picture book.
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HASH(0x8e7d0258) out of 5 stars Contemporary graphic artists 14 Feb. 2008
By Alain Jacon - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautifully illustrated, with several examples of each artist studied, this book is packed with original works. Biographical information of the artists is included. Very interesting, diverse and often whimsical, the book is well designed to introduce contemporary children's book illustration.
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