Where words and pictures meet: Lauren Child
August 26, 2011
Genre: childrens picture books
Artists medium: collage, pen, photo montage
Age Appropriateness: 4 and up.
Introduction: Of course, I had seen Lauren Child’s artwork used to animate the Charlie and Lola series of books but one Christmas I came across “Who’s afraid of the bog bad book?”. After looking through it quickly I saw that it was perfect for our no. 2 who at the time was about 6. It’s a fantastic read aloud and talk about the pictures….. as your read the font becomes part of the illustration and experience. Turing the book this way and that it makes for a very fun experience.
Other work: Beware of the storybook wolves, many of the Charlie and Lola series, The Clarice Bean series, The Princess and the Pea, The Pesky Rat,I want a Pet, My Dream Bed, Hubert Horatio Barten Bobten -Trent…
For all the surface brio of illustrations that are crammed full of everything from photographs to fabric scraps, in person, Child remains as tentative as her books are bold, as hesitant of her success as her characters, with their crimped mouths and vast, wary eyes, appear to be of their exuberant environments.
Video Interviews: An extended interview about how she became a writer illustrator.
Her website: Milkmonitor…. a very fun and arty website.
Other things they do: Lauren works with UNESCO to help children in need.
Her work can be purchased through the Illustration Cupboard.
This one I find super exciting…. Lauren’s illustrative style has been commissioned by Liberty of London for fabric. Beautiful and playful.
You can find out about the design process here.