Saturday, January 14, 2012

Author/Illustrator Spotlight: Inga Moore

One of our new picture books is A House in the Woods by Inga Moore. We read this delightful tale about four friends--two pigs, a bear, and a moose--who build a house together with the help of a team of beavers at RFPL's Story Stretchers last Monday (1:30pm, stories and activities for 4-6-year-olds).

Inga Moore's engaging, detailed drawings bring the animal characters and their world to life. There is an old-fashioned quality to the pictures that reminds one of the illustrations of Tasha Tudor or even Beatrix Potter, as this article in The Guardian noted. Moore lives in England and finds inspiration in the countryside around her home, as well as in Impressionist landscape paintings.

For a longer read-aloud book filled with Moore's lovely illustrations, check out Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows abridged and illustrated by Inga Moore. Perfect for a cozy winter night!

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