Back in 2012, Raul Colon was contacted to illustrate former second lady of the United States Jill Biden’s children’s book “Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops”. Inspired by her granddaughter Natalie and told from the point of view of a child with a parent on the other side of the world, this acclaimed title was a proud accomplishment for both the author and the illustrator.
The title’s esteemed editor, Paula Wiseman, recently reached out with a very special request from Dr. Biden: she wanted to acquire some of the original artwork to display aboard the USS Gabrielle Giffords, a littoral combat ship of the United States Navy that she sponsored at the ship’s 2015 christening. Deeply honored, Raul was more than happy to help facilitate this request.
Raul Colon original artwork displayed inside the USS Gabrielle Giffords:
We are deeply moved by this personal gift and Dr. Jill Biden’s sentiments. To this incredible and inspiring woman – thank you.
Using his trademark lines and attention to detail, Carlo Stanga breathes life into his images and delivers the energy of the city. How fitting that he was chosen to illustrate the recent title “I am London” – a celebration of the city’s iconic architecture and distinctive character.
For one reason or another, we see a number of beautifully executed projects go unpublished. Creative directions change as publishers’ needs change, and while we’d never hold it against them (it is the nature of the business), we can certainly share some of the great projects that don’t quite make it to the finish line.
This latest piece by Jonathan Bartlett was created for “Summer Before the War,” Helen Simonson’s much anticipated follow-up to the best selling “Major Pettigew’s Last Stand”. While it’s always unfortunate to see a project killed, nothing can detract from the fact that this lovely piece was still created.
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.
Raul Colon has several awesome children’s books under his belt, and lately he seems to be the go-to fellow for illustrated historical titles – specifically, those featuring some mighty strong and inspiring women.
We recently saw the trailer for his latest title, “Fearless Flyer,” and are excited to share it with you during this month of female empowerment.
The Children’s Book Council, one of North America’s foremost supporters of children’s literature and reading, recently honored “Rock-A-Bye Romp,” a darling play on the famous lullaby, written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by our own Simona Mulazzani.
Their “Hot off the Press” list, which features anticipated bestsellers, is a unique and impressive collection of fun titles, and we couldn’t be happier to see Simona in such nice company.
For those that are not familiar with his background, it may come as no surprise that Carlo Stanga’s elaborately detailed illustrations have roots in architecture. This technical training surely informed his understanding of spatial relationships, and as a result, his stylized drawings are perfectly suited for creating distinctive maps.
Recently, one of his gorgeous maps was included in the new book The Art of Illustrated Maps, and we were delighted to see it extracted for this nice review in Print Magazine. Author Jessica Farris explains:
“While literally hundreds of books exist on the subject of maps and cartography, The Art of Illustrated Maps is the first book ever to fully explore the art form of conceptual, “illustrated” mapping. Author, educator and map illustrator John Roman correlates not-to-scale maps as “the creative nonfiction of cartography,” and in this book he reveals how and why the human mind instinctively accepts the artistic license invoked in imaginative maps”.
Carlo Stanga’s stylized drawings occupy a distinctive place between architectural design, fine art, and illustration. They are more imaginative than a blueprint, but rooted in impeccable details and the scientific realities of engineering. They offer an energetic and narrative spin on the cities we live in – the cities that Carlo loves.
Ever-inspired by his surroundings, Carlo recently approached Moleskine with the idea to create a series of illustrated books about the places we call home – but from an extraordinary and personified point of view. In “I Am the City,” each title will introduce a different locale by referencing the local lifestyle and mood, in addition to the different monuments and other architectural characteristics that most define it. This series is not just an architectural homage, although it certainly tips its hat. Instead, it very rightly remembers that a city is a living and breathing entity – one that has a unique history, but continues to evolve and grow.
The series begins with “Milan,” which you may now preorder here, and will move on to publish a new title every year. We are so excited to join Carlo and Moleskine as they take us on these beautiful illustrated tours.
Congratulations to Carlo on this inspiring and exciting project!