Marvelous New Picture Book Monday: You are Light

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You are Light is set to officially be published on March 26th 2019 by Candlewick Studio. The book is written and illustrated by New York Times best-selling author Aaron Becker. Becker might be best known for his trilogy series Journey with the books Journey, Quest, and Return. The three books in this series are beautifully illustrated with stunning details on the page. Being that all three books in the series are wordless picture books Becker really conveys a compelling story through the detailed art in his illustrations.  In this video you can see how the illustration spreads came to life by Becker’s hand. The books give off a kind of dream-like quality that I also see present in his newest book You are the Light.

https://vimeo.com/48536711

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Similar to the creation of the books in the Journey series Becker painstakingly hand created the mock-up for the book You are Light. He did this by using an x-acto blade one singular cut at a time. After creating the physical mock Becker had to work closely with the production staff at Candlewick in order to make the book publishable on a mass quantity scale. When creating die cuts for all the book’s parts there was concerns with durability, cost per book, and safety regulations for sharp edges. After much work the production for You are the Light was ready for mass production.

 

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In the end Becker decided to use a frosted acetate material for the translucent circle panels in the book. When held up to the light the reader is delighted with bright colors across the spectrum being filled with light. Although the board book is a simple poem it can be interpreted in many different ways and it a good read for readers of all ages. Becker says that this book is meant to highlight the relationships between light and life, but the whatever others glean from the book is up to their interpretation. Below are two links that showcase the book and are worth looking at if you cannot get your hands on a physical copy of the book.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5TOnevpf9A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyE4A9OJEM0

 

-Emily

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