Thursday, January 27, 2011

Henry in Love

While down in Cambridge, Massachusetts last weekend I splurged on the above book: Henry in Love, by Peter McCarty. I rarely indulge in book purchases, but this one was made for me and my boy. We both love Hondo and Fabian and with a story that includes blueberry muffins, football, and crushes on girls - I couldn't resist.

I marvel at McCarty's ability to show so much with so much white left on the page. There are no full bleeds or spreads - just the implication of it by delicate use of inks and watercolor. Sometimes in his characteristic small, voluminous and atmospheric shading. Sometimes with just an outline.
The story is beautiful. The art is beautiful. Go read it with a loved one (big or small) before you get saturated by big red hearts and chocolate boxes!

3 comments:

Hardygirl said...

I absolutely ADORE this book! It's actually in my stack of books to post about ...

The artwork is gorgeous.

sf

Ann Marie said...

Love his animals! That chicken just cracks me up. I love Hondo and Fabian, too.

Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

Such delicate work! I love it.

I haven't been able to get my hands on this one but I just added it to my list of: books-to-get-when-I-travel-to-the-US-cause-sadly-there's-nothing-here. ;o)