FABULOUS FIVE: Rebecca Cobb presents five fabulous books she loves
I am so happy to welcome Rebecca to Library Mice today for another exciting Fabulous Five. I had heard about Missing Mummy, but Lunchtime is the book that really caught my eye (see my reviews here and here). Have a look at her fabulous selection below!
You can view some of Rebecca’s artwork on her website.
David McKee This has got to be one of the best picture books ever. It brilliantly conveys the contrast between adults and children and the different way they experience the world. I am sure everyone can relate to Bernard being ignored by his Mum and Dad when he has something really important which he has to say immediately. I love the ambiguity of the ending, leaving the reader to choose their own interpretation. The illustrations are bright and bold and full of colour and flat perspective but also contrasting sketchy, scribbly, delicate pencil details and patterns. It is a very funny, clever, beautiful portrayal of the power of a child’s imagination and their relationship with their parents. Also, I would really like some wallpaper with spacemen and rockets on it, just like Bernard has in his bedroom.
I have loved Anthony Browne’s work ever since my Mum pinned a card of one of his gorilla illustrations into my moses basket when I was a baby. His work is dark, dreamy, surreal and full of symbolism and this perfectly matches the atmosphere of the fairy tale. The balance between the text and pictures works so well because the pictures tell us things that do not need to be written down. My favourite example is where suspicions about the identity of the step-mother are never spoken, only implied in the repeated use of the black triangle motif, which resembles a witches hat. I never get enough of reading this book because it is so lovely to look at and every time I notice new little details in the illustrations.
Brian Wildsmith’s work is a pure celebration of colour, mark-making and drawing. I have been a bit greedy in choosing this book because it is five stories in one, but I couldn’t help it, it is just such a treat to look at and it is one of the books which I pull off my bookshelf the most often. It is full of gorgeous birds, animals, people and buildings all portrayed with the same lavish, rich illustrations.
My parents bought me this book quite a few years ago when I was leaving to go to university and for me it sums up the sheer exuberance and excitement of life. It cheers me up every time I read it. Quentin Blake’s illustrations were such a big part of my childhood that they are instantly comforting and reassuring at the same time as being full of energy, animation and comedy. I love the rhymes and I quite often find myself singing ‘Sorting Out The Kitchen Pans’ when I’m washing up.