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A Personal Touch – Raul Colon, Dr. Jill Biden, and the USS Gabrielle Giffords

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.

Illustration by Raul Colon:

Cover, "Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops"

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:

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We are deeply moved by this personal gift and Dr. Jill Biden’s sentiments. To this incredible and inspiring woman – thank you.

Inside the Studio: Josée Bisaillon

The prolific Josée Bisaillon invited our friends from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre into her studio, where she’s created over 20 picture books and established images for brands and editorial.

Image by Josée Bisaillon:

From the studio of Josee Bisaillon

Charming and thoughtful, we recommend getting to know this incredible illustrator a bit more personally. Take a look here.

“I am London” – New Book from Carlo Stanga

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.

Cover image for “I am London,” by Carlo Stanga:

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Packed with nuance, humor, and sophistication, “I am London” is guaranteed to suck the viewer in – we like to think of it as a “Where’s Waldo” for buildings.

You can pick up your own copy here, and congratulations, Carlo!

Images by Carlo Stanga:

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Unpublished but Never Unappreciated

For one reason or another, we see a number of beautifully executed projects go unpublished.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.

Image by Jonathan Bartlett:

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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.

Take a look at Jonathan’s blog to learn more about his experience.

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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Just in Time for Women’s History Month: “Fearless Flyer,” Illustrated by Raul Colon

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.

Take a look here!

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The Children’s Book Council Honors Simona Mulazzani

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.

Take a look at the complete list here.

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“Rock-A-Bye Romp,” Illustration by Simona Mulazzani

 

Carlo Stanga’s Elaborate Maps Celebrated in New Book

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.

Images by Carlo Stanga:

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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”.

Take a look at this great article here.

“I am Milan” – New Book from Carlo Stanga

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!

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Online Exhibition of Rick Tulka’s le Select Drawings

Rick Tulka just put a unique set of his le Select drawings and other cafe sketches on Café Stylo, an online art exhibition featuring artists’ renditions of cafe life. Currently there are some never-seen-before drawings up that aren’t even in the book- click here to see the gallery of his work, or click here to see the entire exhibition.

If you missed the book launch celebration, Cafe le Select was recently released, featuring stories of the historic Parisian cafe and beautifully illustrated scenes of the locals by Mr. Tulka- you can read more about his book (and order it!) here.