This is the cover of The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (http://www.jerrypinkneystudio.com/), winner of the 2010 Caldecott Award. This is a beautifully illustrated wordless book based on the classic Aesop’s fable. This book probably grew out of his previous book Aesop’s Fables which contain a collection of all of the fables, each with an illustration by Pinkney. Pinkney’s illustration in both books, but especially The Lion and the Mouse, are very detailed, hand sketched drawings that depict scenes in the stories.
The thing that strikes me about these illustrations is how easy it is to see the artistic process that Pinkney used. The reader can clearly see the pencil marks Pinkney used to sketch the overall shapes and used to add details. The layer upon layer of watercolor add light, color, and even more detail to the illustrations. I think that this book could not only be considered an excellent piece of literature, but also a large collection of art.
The simple fact is that kids of all ages will love this 2010 Caldecott winner. I am planning on teaching Kindergarten after I finish school and I cannot imagine my classroom without this book. Because of how eye-catching this book is, I think young children who read it will begin to see how amazing and exciting the world of books is. The reader cannot help but become engaged when reading this book. Older readers will not only love the illustrations, but will enjoy writing their own story to go with them.