Bad Bye, Good Bye
Deborah Underwood Illustrated by Jonathan Bean
How I got to know this book was through Patricia Tilton’s Blog Children’s Book Heal. I understood the purpose of the book right away, with work and home being more global than ever. We as people are always on the move, I remember hearing that “humans are the most adaptable creatures on earth”. Yet we forget how transition and change is still an adjustment and hard to understand for some, especially if you’re a little person just following your leader / family.
Patricia Tilton has great insight on this book please view her blog.
I’d like to investigate the exciting illustrations; pattern and design. Who would have thought, vertical straight lines (blue) spar-radically on a page could easily represent rain or a strong blue hue over an illustration is seen as night time. Well many artists would say yes “I know that” but for a children visual story it is a brilliant illusion and instantly understood.
One of the family members that Bean includes throughout the story is the dog, I like that!
What I’ve learned about Jonathan Bean is that he is a caring artist at work in the community. The bold cut out shaped style of illustration is easy to read, the layering of images and shades creates an interesting story of multiple ideas going on at one time.
I found a few lovely images of Bean’s linocut prints on line, I’m a print maker myself.
Enjoy the art.