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Sunday 29 March 2015

Review: 100 Great Children's Picture Books

This is a true celebration of the picture book as an art form. The author, Martin Salisbury, has chosen 100 picture books from the past 100 years or so, to create a catalogue of the best in picture book design and illustration.

The result will delight anyone with an interest in design, illustration or children's literature.

Beginning with The Slant Book by Peter Newell, published in 1910, and ending with Zoom Zoom Zoom by Katherina Manolessou, published in 2014, each chosen book is explored over a two-page spread. The cover together with a few pages of the book are reproduced, and these are accompanied by the book's specifications, a brief explanation of the story and illustration style, as well as some notes on the illustrator.

There are titles from Russia, France, Japan, Italy, the US, England, Scandinavia, Switzerland and more. What is immediately evident — despite the overwhelming range of styles — is that good design and illustration never date. I was also delighted to see that a couple of recent KBR favourites made the cut: The Promise by Nicola Davies (review here) and Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back (review here).

A book to savour and then dip into again and again.

Title: 100 Great Children's Picture Books
Author: Martin Salisbury
Publisher: Laurence King, $55.00 RRP
Publication Date: March 2015
Format: Hardcover with jacket
ISBN: 9781780674087
For ages: 14+
Type: Art Book