Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
Knuffle Bunny is a blend of cartoons and photographs. This gives the book a different kind of feel than most picture books. It is a collage of bright colored cartoons and muted black and white photographs. The cartoon's lines and shapes are curved making the clean lines of the realistic background all the more striking. Trixie's wide expessive eyes show dismay and shock over losing Knuffle Bunny. Her boneless technique is shown with great comedy as limbs fall in abnormal poses. The pictures reinforce how lost Trixie is without her favorite stuffed animal and her joy at finding him once again. Father's lack of understanding is finally shattered by lightning bolts crashing around him as Mother asks "where's Knuffle Bunny?" This book is a great example of how pictures can enhance a story.
Line, Color, Shape, Style, Details
Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
Lies uses his illustrations to enhance the story of bats visiting a library. The bats have a distinctive personality and the richly detailed pages of bats in classic stories evoke nostalgia for older books such as Pipi Longstocking and Winnie the Pooh. The warm tones invoke a feeling of saftey and an intimate feeling towards the library. The shadows are not scary but comforting for the bats. They are the perfect place to hide or to add a little detail to the illustrations. The attention to detail of the books is shown on the very first page where the family of bats is hanging upside down but it is only the roof of the house in the upper right hand corner that gives it away.