Hum and Swish by Matt Myers; illustrated by Matt Myers

Hum and SwishHum and Swish by Matt Myers; illustrated by Matt Myers. 2019. Acrylic and oil paint. Published by Neal Porter Books.

Brief summary: Jamie explores the beach randomly picking up things to make something in the sand but is unsure what that will be yet. The young girl is asked by several people what she is making but repeatedly answers, ” I don’t know”. Jamie hums as she creates. A painter with an easel sets up near her. They both create and coincide with one another throughout the day.  They share their finished art projects with one another.

Comments: I like this quiet book of creating art. This would be a great book for an art teacher to share with the class before a lesson.

Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins


Be Quiet!

Be Quiet! by Ryan Higgins; illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins. 2017. Scans of treated clayboard for textures, graphite, ink and Photoshop. Published by Disney-Hyperion.

Brief summary: Thistle and Nibs, mice friends, keep talking about ideas for the book that Rupert wants to make. Rupert, the mouse that wants to be in beautiful, wordless book is not happy with their input of how the illustrations should be or how many words.  The problem is that his two mice friends will not stop talking.

Comments: There are speech bubbles. The humor that we all know from  Ryan T. Higgins’ Mother Bruce and Hotel Bruce will have students laughing out loud  again with this book of three mice as they walk through the book that is supposed to be wordless.

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