It’s hard to choose a favorite picture book. I love too many of them equally: Classics like Babar, Madeleine, and many others from the 1960’s and 70’s by Tomi Ungerer, John Burningham, Hans Fischer, William Steig, Leo Lionni, etc.
In the last several years, I’ve been admiring the work of Jon Klassen. Jon is a rare talent; he’s a natural storyteller and an innovative, original illustrator. He has a great sense of book design, typography, and color. His pictures are a subtle combination of hand-drawn imagery and digital effects, and unlike many contemporary picture books which lean on the computer, Jon’s books never look slick or over-produced. His This is Not My Hat features three distinct underwater characters, a forest of beautifully translucent seaweed, and a bold use of black for the sea. The relationship between the words and pictures is intentionally contradictory, creating great tension and lots of laughs. It’s an elegant book to look at, and it’s hilarious to read out loud.
Jon Agee is the author/illustrator of many books for children, including Terrific, Milo's Hat Trick, and The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau. Pick up Jon’s latest roaring good read, Lion Lessons, at your local Books Inc. today!