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Who would have guessed that Caldecott Medal Winner Brian Selznick’s final pencil illustrations for his picture books were so small?

This  video emulates the silent film montages that are in the spirit of the book that won the American Library Association’s 2008 Caldecott Medal.

Michele Ammon interviews  Selznick for a nifty Expanded Books video on “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.”  He explains his interesting reasons for working in such a small graphic style — with his original  images  one quarter of the size they appear in the finished book!

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In this video Niko plays Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata on the piano as we see selected illustrations from the book unfolding some of Hugo Cabret’s  story.

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For anyone in the Austin area this Saturday(July 11), don’t forget author Chris Barton’s signing for his just released picture book, “The Day Glo Brothers”  (Charlesbridge, 2009)  at 1 p.m. at BookPeople on the second floor.

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Author Cynthia Leitich Smith interviews  Chris Barton on the publication of his picture book bio “The Day Go Brothers: The True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand New Colors” (Charlesbridge, 2009)  illustrated by Tony Persiani. The book has been getting great reviews  and you can learn how to enter to win a free copy in the post in Cynthia’s  blog Cynsations.

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Mark Mitchell hosts the “How To Be A Children’s Book Illustrator” blog. To enjoy some free watercolor lessons from his online course on how to illustrate a children’s book go here.

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About The Author

Mark Mitchell

Award-winning children's book author-illustrator Mark G. Mitchell teaches classes in watercolor and children's book illustration at The Contemporary Art School in Austin, Texas.

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  1. Donald

    I am looking for book reviews to be contributed on my site.




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