This story is based on “The Farmer in the Dell”. Stevens Crummel has created a playful tale based on a few fables and novels, including “Jack and the Bean Stalk” and Sherlock Holmes.
The Dog theme did catch my eye on the bookshelf but the art or illustrations really impressed me. Donohue could be considered a fibre artist, with her pieces of fabric and textured paper, the element of 3D and a tactile sense is created on the storybook pages. I’d like to give the photographer for the illustrations a pat on the back for helping to implement the unique quality of Donohue’s work.
This story is fun for the whole family because of the familiar play on the characters even the song Farmer in the Dell. The illustrations are investigative for me, I enjoy trying to decipher what type fabric she used for the images, especially the buildings.
Fibre art is something that I am personally working on now, along with a few dog sculptures made from papier mache. I’ve conveniently made children book reviews and illustrations part of my inspiration for my own art making.