In his first children’s book, Viva, whose artwork has appeared on the cover of the New Yorker and in many other publications, has accomplished an impressive feat. He’s delivered a stylish picture book that appeals to both kid and adult sensibilities. The retro-style graphic illustrations (on matte paper with black, red, yellow and blue as his colors) are sophisticated without losing their kid appeal. I, for one, am glad I went along for the ride!    

 

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by Moderator Sarah-W on ‎09-20-2011 07:24 AM

Very stylish! This illustrator's style reminds me of Jacques Tati, a French comedian from the 1950s. The folks who made the Triplets of Belleville film, recently made a film based on one of his unfinished scripts, but I haven't seen it, yet. 

by Blogger Sandy_LR on ‎09-20-2011 04:17 PM

Yes, I've heard of the movie! It's in my Netflix queue but not sure when I'll get to it.

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