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Fabulous New York Times Review for Josée Bisaillon!

It seems like we are not alone in swooning over Josée Bisaillon’s adorable children’s book illustrations! We were absolutely tickled to read this wonderful New York Times review of her work for “Mom, Dad, our Books, and Me,” written by Danielle Marcotte.

We were struck and moved by the reviewer’s focus on Josée’s outstanding contributions to the story. Oftentimes, the illustrations are treated as a bit of an afterthought – yet here they were celebrated just as proudly as the strong writing and charming narrative.

Take a look here!

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Peace and Love from Morgan Gaynin

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It has certainly been a difficult week. We have been bombarded by images and messages of hatred, violence, murder, anger, misunderstanding, and misinformation. It has been exhausting.

There have been multitudinous artistic reactions to these horrifying acts of terrorism, and it is always inspiring to witness creatives reacting to such ugliness by making something beautiful.

I took a moment this morning to come at it from a different direction however. I wanted to see the images in our archives that were tagged with words such as “love” and “peace”. I wanted to feel joyous, to feel warmth, to see vibrant colors – and admittedly a lot of doves.

And I’d like to take this moment to share these images with you.

-Kate

Image by Victo Ngai:

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Image by Raul Colon:

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Image by Josee Bisaillon:

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Image by Don Kilpatrick:

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Image by Lisa Adams:

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Image by Beppe Giacobbe:

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Image by Tonya Engel:

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Image by Elizabeth Rosen:

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“Eat, Leo! Eat!” Book Trailer from Josée Bisaillon

Josée Bisaillon is back again with her latest picturebook, and we are so excited to see her bright and engaging illustrations bringing life to this wonderful story about family – and more importantly, belonging.

“Eat, Leo! Eat!” is her latest collaboration with Kids Can Press, and we couldn’t be happier to share this wonderful new tale with you.

Take a look at the book trailer here!

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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL!!!!!!!

It seems like everyone has been overtaken by soccer football fever, and we thought that it might be fun to compile some game-related imagery by a few MGI artists who are always on the ball (SORRY!).

So let’s get started, shall we?? It’s game time, and we’d like to present, in no particular order…

Judith Drews:

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Valeria Petrone:

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Philippe de Kemmeter:

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Guido Scarabottolo:

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Maurizio Quarello:

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Laura Tallardy:

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Anson Liaw:

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Josée Bisaillon:

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Thanks for having a little fun with us!

Winter’s Coming (no worries – it’s just the title of Josée Bisaillon’s latest!)

Josée Bisaillon is thrilled to announce that she’s recently completed the artwork for her latest picturebook, “Winter’s Coming” – just in time for spring! Join Lily the snowshoe hare as she explores the environmental shifts that signal the changing seasons.

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Josée’s charming collage style is the perfect fit for creating engaging environments, full of palpable textures and adorable critters. Be sure to check out Josée’s first book with Owlkids!

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You can check out the original post on Josée’s blog.

New Cover from Josée Bisaillon

Josée Bisaillon has been slaving away in her studio, and she’s got some real gems to show for it:

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We were taken with her sweet cover for “La Fée des Balcons” (The Balcony Fairy), an adult novel that focuses on a child with special needs. The author, Maude Favreau, made the interesting decision to tell the story through the voice of a child, thus lending it a unique quality.

For our French speakers, you can learn more here – and félicitations, Josée!

A New Award for “BookSpeak!,” Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon

Josée Bisaillon has received yet another award for her work on “BookSpeak!,” and we couldn’t be happier for her.

Félicitations are in order for her newest accolade from the Cybils Awards, which have been given to only 3 Canadians this year. The Cybils Awards are awarded each year by bloggers for the year’s best children’s and young adult titles. The goal of the Cybils Awards is to reward the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and bonafide “kid appeal.”

Josée received the honor in the poetry category. Youpi!

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Interview with Josee Bisaillon

We are big fans of Josee Bisaillon’s joyful and engaging collage-based illustration, and were very happy to learn that Kathleen Temean was intrigued enough by her work to reach out to the artist and write about Josee in her wonderful blog. In particular, we are big fans of learning about an artist’s individual process, so this was a real treat!

You can check it out here.

Image by Josee Bisaillon:

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“American Illustration” Announces this Year’s Winners

The annual “American Illustration” competition acknowledges some of the most cutting-edge illustrations from the previous year, and it is a great honor in our industry to be included in their pages. We are so happy that this year, three of our artists have made it!

Josée Bisaillon’s whimsical image was ‘chosen’ to appear on the juried web gallery:

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Valeria Petrone’s bathing beauties were ‘selected’ to appear in the annual:

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And Victo Ngai’s awesome conceptual piece will also appear in the book this year:

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Congratulations, Ladies!

Fantastique News from Josée Bisaillon

It has been a genuine pleasure to watch Josée Bisaillon’s charming work evolve, and it was a joy to learn that she has received not one, but two fantastic awards in the past week. How nice that the industry thinks she’s as fabulous as we do!

The Great Moon Hoax was recently included in the 2012 edition of Best Children’s Books of the Year by the Children’s Book Committee at the Bankstreet College of Education. The committee looks at over 6000 titles every year and carefully selects the best 600 books based on their literary quality while also considering their emotional impact on children. You can learn more by clicking here.

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Additionally, we have learned that Bookspeak! has been honored at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair with a White Raven Award…this is tremendous! The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is one of the premier events in our industry, and this is truly a tremendous accolade. We couldn’t be more proud.

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Félicitations, Josée!