From nonsense to lessons
learned, these forty five rhymes include the very well known (Itsy
Bitsy Spider) and the somewhat familiar, (Hickety, Pickety, my black
hen). The truly fantastic pictures speak more than one thousands
words in details as artist Scott Gustafson riffs in paint on themes
present and imagined in each verse.
Nursery rhymes are classic and so are some of artists
interpretations but other paintings are surprises, like an anthropomorphic
baking bear, a pelican sea captain and Peter Piper as a pug on two
legs. Welcome to a world where There Was a Crooked Man
is not about a hunched-back elder but rather a madcap, double-jointed
dandy who might be crooked in more ways than one. Jack
(Be Nimble) is a leaping cricket and Yankee Doodle a fun-loving
chipmunk on a full-sized horse.
Scott Gustafsons unique style, influenced
by legendary book illustrators Arthur Rackham and N.C. Wyeth, makes
this a volume to be treasured by children and illustrated book lovers
of all ages.
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The art of visual storytelling has always
held a certain fascination for Scott Gustafson; whether it be the
moving images in animated films or the epic illustrations of N.
C. Wyeth. Upon entering the Chicago Academy of Fine Art, Scott was
99% sure that he wanted to become an animator, but it was that 1%
that ultimately drew him further and further into the world of stretched
canvas and oil paint. "As an animator, "Gustafson says,
"your contribution to a given film is, by necessity, limited
to whatever character you've been assigned. But as an illustrator,
you're responsible for locations, sets, costumes, props, lighting
and character designs, not to mention the overall mood and emotion
of a given painting. It's about the best job there is."
Over the nearly twenty-five years that have spanned his career thus
far, he has had the opportunity to fulfill commissions for a number
of varied clients and publishers such as Celestial Seasonings, Playboy
magazine, Saturday Evening Post, The Bradford Exchange, DreamWorks
and The Greenwich Workshop. His book include The Night Before Christmas,
Peter Pan, Nutcracker, as well as two original titles, Animal Orchestra
and Alphabet Soup. His book Classic Fairy Tales was awarded a Chesley
award for best interior book illustrations from the Association
of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.
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