I have much love for picture books. But after years of being immersed in picture books I’m pretty picky. From story to typography, everything has to be ‘on fleek’ as the kids say (Are they still saying it? Since adults are, probably not.) I can spot a stinker a range a way but every now and then I’m blown away by someone who gets it right. Flying Eye Books gets it right. every. time.
These were just a few titles my library had on the shelf. Don’t they have the most interesting covers? All the covers are eye-catching, colorful and visually pleasing. The layout, color, font, orientation and binding hit all the right notes. Book covers should say, “Pick me up!” and theirs most definitely do.
Even their endpapers are beautiful.
While the books vary in approach, they’re all stunning examples of each illustrator’s style and the impact illustrations can have in storytelling. No missed opportunities here in capturing the tone of each story. In Marcel, the collage illustrations are funky and urban perfectly fitting for a book about a dog in New York City. The Journey tells the story of a mother and her two children who are refugees in search of a new home after fleeing their war-torn homeland. That’s a hard story to tell children. Much of the story takes place at night so most of the pages have a black background giving the reader the sense of darkness. While the text tells the children’s point of view, it is the illustrations shown from the mother’s point of view that give you the real story. The Journey is, in my opinion, one of the better picture books on this topic. I love the retro look in How Many Legs. And that double page spread in Boo! just begs for audience participation. What kid wouldn’t want to yell out, “Boo!” when he sees that?
Check out and drool over the rest of their titles here. Are there publishers you love? Share them in the comments.