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Monday, February 18, 2013

With a nod to McCloskey

Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore, pictures by Nancy Carpenter is a true rescue story.  The story begins at a pond with mother duck taking her little ones for a walk.
I love the different perspectives that Carpenter gives.  One full two-page spread you see the ducks having a snack and you're looking down on the trash can with the ducks beside it.  Great view!  Then the panels where each duckling falls into the storm drain.  Don't worry though, this story has a happy ending.
Although there is quite a bit of Robert McCloskey's Make Way for Duckings feeling to this book, it is a different story, no daddy duck and firefighters to the rescue.
The art was created using charcoal and digital media. I couldn't find a website just for the illustrator or any more details on how she creates her artwork.  I'll keep poking around.

Someone contacted me and there is an interview with Nancy Carpenter on the Publishers Weekly's website here.  She describes how she created her artwork for Lucky Ducklings.  Thank you to the person who sent me the link!  It's fascinating to me to find out how the artist's process goes for them.  Is it difficult? How many ways did they try before finding the end medium?  And lots of other insight into the artist's mind. 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here's an interview with Nancy Carpenter on the Publisher's Weekly website:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/interviews/article/6824-children-s-bookshelf-talks-with-nancy-carpenter.html

Anonymous said...

Oops here's the most recent interview, having to do with Lucky Ducklings...

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/interviews/article/55606-q-a-with-nancy-carpenter.html