Inspired by Expressionist Franz Marc, who used abstract blue horses in his paintings, Eric Carle’s latest book celebrates bold use of colours, creative licence and a delight in animals which combine to produce his own unique style.
Opening the pages and absorbing the illustrations brought back memories of The Very Hungry Caterpillar – the vibrancy, the commitment and the simplicity that just … works.
The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse is a book designed to celebrate imagination pure and simple. It delights in the unexpected – the green lion. It celebrates the bold – the artist who at the close of the book declares “I am a good artist.’
This exquisite picture book is created in anything but a simple way – hand painted sheets of tissue paper, in various colours and patterns are torn and cut in to shape and patterns before they are glued to the illustration board. The effect is very Eric Carle, you won’t be disappointed – The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse will quickly become a cherished picture book.
The simple text let the illustrations speak for themselves, from a practical point of view this makes it an ideal choice for the very young as a first bedtime story. As they grow older, and are able to handle books themselves, this will introduce them to the colour and magic to be found in the truly great children’s picture books.