Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Value of Illustration

Is there a value to illustration?  Maybe, sometimes.  Do book illustrations always color one's perception of the characters forever, or will Emma Watson always be Hermione Grainger?  Will the illustrations take you into the world of the book, or will they interfere with the reader's imagination?  All reading is to some extent a partnership between the imagination of the author who crafts the tale and that of the reader who brings it alive in her or his brain.

The illustrations in Chasing Dreams, Book Two of The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy  series, are drawn from period prints showing life at the time of the stories.  I hope this enhances the imaginary experiences of readers in a very unfamiliar world.


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