Squeak 'n Banana

squeak 'n banana
Top Reviewer Ranking: 916
Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (27 of 30)
Location: Vancouver, BC


Top Reviewer Ranking: 916 - Total Helpful Votes: 27 of 30
Michael Rosen's Sad Book by Michael Rosen
Michael Rosen's Sad Book by Michael Rosen
I can imagine that it is not easy to talk about losing your son, but to write a book about such loss would seem even more difficult. To remain true in telling of such loss requires a certain vulnerability. This picture book succeeds on so many levels. Quentin Blake illustrates Rosen's story with quiet compassion. The scenes where Rosen is reminiscing on his son, Eddie, growing up are familiarly "Quentin Blake" - lively and bright. However, the scenes of Rosen's grief are heavy and dark, with very little colour at all. The juxtaposition of last two images blows me away.
Pantone: 35 Inspirational Color Palletes by Pantone Inc.
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy to Have, May 25 2014
Colours are fun to explore, and sometimes it is more fun when the combinations have already been put together for you. In a recent illustration class, the exercise was to change one of our drawings by re-colouring with a limited colour palette. Having this deck of cards was a good starting point because it forced me to look at combinations that I would not normally consider. This deck could be useful in other applications, such as interior decorating or repainting. For design professionals who know Pantone more extensively, this deck might seem limited. However, for anyone else who just wants a handy reference for side projects, this is a fun tool to have around.
Henny by Elizabeth Rose Stanton
Henny by Elizabeth Rose Stanton
Both haha AND strange. Yes, those are arms that you see on the chicken. Suffice it to say that this is a humorous take on being different and how being different has its rosy and not so rosy moments. Henny is endearing throughout. Slapstick humour is in both the writing and the illustrations. There is an especially funny scene where Henny pretends to make her arms look like wings. And it is exactly how a human would mimic a chicken. You can almost hear Henny clucking, "bock-bock," to go along with the arm-wing flapping. The ending is great (spoiler alert) because who says chickens can't fly?