Friday, February 18, 2011

The Owl and The Woodpecker: Brian Wildsmith

The Owl and the Woodpecker was first published in 1971 by Franklin Watts, illustrated by Brian Wildsmith.

Brain is internationally acknowledged artist and illustrator whose work is a visual treat for both children and adults. Every page of this book is a magical journey to the world of sumptuous illustrations and brightly colored animals. Brian Wildsmith on his illustrations: ‘Picture books give an opportunity for a marriage between painting and illustrating . . . I believe that beautiful picture books of the right kind are vitally important in subconsciously forming a child’s appreciation, which will bear fruit in later life.’

The story is about two neighbors- the owl and the woodpecker, who dislike each other because of the noise issues and different sleeping schedules. The story has a happy ending when owl has a change of heart towards the woodpecker. This book won Brian the Kate Greenway Medal which is Britain's  highest honor for a children's picture book. Available here.

{Images via here}


Tantocaruccia said...

These pictures are really beautiful!!!!