|In Pictures and In Words by Katie Wood Ray|
How does Mo Willems NOT come to mind when thinking about Technique 13: Crafting Details of Expression and Gesture AND Technique 20...Creating the Illusion of Motion with Detail...I mean, just LOOK at these illustrations...and that face...these are from The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! but you could use any of his titles...the kids just love 'em!!
|use your different voices HERE|
|L-O-V-E that look...|
How about Amazing Christmas Extravaganza by David Shannon?! His books just scream with Technique 19: Using Authentic, Object-Specific Details...if you've read this book, then you know the pages are FILLED from top-to-bottom and side-to-side with illustrations...it's almost sensory overload, I tell ya! Look at the string of ornaments circling the text, the red and green colors of the quilt, the huddled faces (and bright red noses) of the family under the bed...
The last technique I will share with you is Technique 22: Using Details as an Element of Surprise which brought to mind First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg. It's one of those if-you-played-close-attention-to-the-illustrations...you would have figured that it was about...SPOILER ALERT...a teacher's first day of school (or you may have had a new kid that
If you thought about it, how many of your kiddos actually have robes? Exactly...plus there's the part where it refers to Mr. Hartwell instead of dad...and there's a lil' bit of Technique 21: Creating the Illusion of Sound with Details (man, I'm getting good at this)...the spilled water and cat screeching...the dog barking...the alarm going off...
This book study is making me fall in love with my books all over again...but you can read more about that here :)
I'd love to hear from you! What will you do differently when introducing the techniques of describing details in illustrations with your kiddos?