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Monday, March 31, 2014

Marvelous Monday

Carnivores written by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Dan Santat is seriously silly fun!  From the very beginning on the end papers where all the animals have the 'deer in the headlights' look to each and every entertaining page.  The carnivores are a shark, a wolf, and a lion, and they get their feelings hurt because the animals talk about them and their meat-eating ways. They try to go vegetarian, then get new outfits, and then they invite the oldest, wisest carnivore to help them with new ideas.  The great horned owl says to accept who you are!  You have got to read Carnivores to find out what happens to the owl and how those three resolve their problems.  
The illustrations in this book were rendered in mixed media. Dan said he did this book in Adobe Photoshop, except for the Styrofoam box he painted on and then scanned into the computer for the cover.   If you want to read another blogger's post and every extensive article about how Dan his art, go here.  I really love to pay attention to the art in a book.  But I have to say that the text and art do combine beautifully here.  I want to not like cartoon art, digital art, and 'graphic' art as much as traditionally rendered art with a brush and paint, etc.  But with art like this it is bringing me around. There is texture when you need texture, it's smooth when it needs to be smooth, and the depth and color vibrancy is amazing.  So digitally created art is going neck and neck with my long loved traditional art ways.
This title is great for preschoolers to fifth grade.  The older kids will love it as much as the younger ones because of the humor and how well this topic is portrayed.

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