Do cover illustrations call to you, "Pick me up. Read me. Don't I look awsome?!?" Of course they do. You are drawn to read. Illustrations are an amazing and vital part of reading, especially when it comes to picture books and graphic novels. Illustrations help tell the story and express thoughts that words may not acurately say. Illustrations help us see things from a differnt angle or in a differnt light. Sometimes in ways we never would have expected. It's always good to stretch our imaginations and feed it new material to consider. That is why I focus on illustrators at least once a week. This week's edition of "Drawn to Read" features Robert Sabuda.
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Robert Sabuda: 3-D, Without the Glasses
Robert Sabuda has been described as an artist, an engineer, even a magician. His work in children's publishing has changed the industry — created a revolution in what can be expected from illustrations. Although he began his career as a traditional illustrator, and has published 14 books as such, it is his work with paper engineering, better known as pop-ups, that has taken the industry to new illustrative heights.
http://www.robertsabuda.com/bio.asp), and working in the mail room of Dial books exposed him to original art from talented illustrators, such as Barbara Cooney and James Marshall. Luckily, Sabuda not only stuck with it, he thrived.
Commemorating it's 100th anniversary Sabuda publihsed L. Frank Baum's classic, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," with illustrations based on W. W. Denslow's original artwork. Although much of the text was abridged, Sabuda managed to keep the core of the tale in tact. He created seven complex double-page spreads, highlighted by a one-foot-tall spinning cyclone, an ornate Emerald City complete with green-tinted glasses for viewing, and the wizard's balloon gently flying over the fields of Oz. Included on each spread are sub-pages or booklets complete with text and small vignette pop-ups of their own. Sabuda brilliantly captures the wonder, excitement, and fantasy of Oz. No children's bookshelf is complete without a copy ready to pop-up.
Many parents and industry experts have voiced concerns over the years that Sabuda's pop-ups were to delicate for children to read. Sabuda has responded by saying that some pop-ups are delicate and generally, the more delicate a pop-up is the more fantastic it is. On his website Sabuda suggests that parents concerned by the fragile nature of a pop-up should use the opportunity to sit down and share the experience with their child. Show them how to turn the pages carefully and treat the book with respect — not as a toy.
Also of interest:
"The Jungle Book: a Pop-up Adventure," by Matthew Reinhart