BC: LIS 403 23February2009
FC: Picture Book Analysis
1: By Erin Machell and Kari Wayne
2: imagine a book...
4: ...that takes you on a journey through the world of imagination | http://www.tehart.ru/gonsalves.htm&usg=__mnjq1YsxSeTRjRzZLjckUwYcfN8=&h=368&w=423&sz=49&hl=en&start=43&sig2=6Oza2r3tLFLCCsxFQB8dtw&tbnid=8BDZIM2NFQvwtM:&tbnh=110&tbnw=126&ei=je-hSabpGpK2sQOTh-zNCQ&prev=/images%3Fq%3DRob%2Bgonsalves%26start%3D40%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D20%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN
5: We selected the book, Imagine a Place because of the incredible artwork of Rob Gonsalves and the poetic text of Sarah L. Thomson. Together their work forms a powerful connection that takes the reader on a journey outside of linear thought to the world of imagination. This is a book that requires the reader to linger on each page - to fully take in the experience of the picture.
6: "imagine a place... ...where your mind opens wider than any walls around you" | As the inside flap of the book cover states, "Imagine a place that makes you feel free as a bird. Imagine a place where getting there is worth whatever it takes. Imagine a place that makes you feel like its always been your destination. Imagine a place made out of pure imagination." That is how we felt as we read this book. The powerful, yet simply stated, messages combined with the exquisite paintings captured our minds immediately.
8: imagine A PLACE is a companion book to two others - imagine A DAY and imagine A NIGHT Both books were created and collaborated in the same format ...
10: Sarah L. Thomson children's writer | "One does not write for children. One writes so that children can understand. Which means writing as clearly, vividly, and truthfully as possible." -Leon Garfield http://home.earthlink.net/~slthomson/
11: Since her childhood, Sarah L. Thomson has immersed herself in books. She grew up in the midwest, but as she states, '... only partly. Sometime around the age of six or seven, I plunged into a book and never really came up for air.' Sarah atttended college in Ohio with a focus on medieval literature. She spent 10 years working in publishing in New York, becoming a senior editor at Harper Collins Children's Books. She left editing after her first book, The Dragon's Son, was published, to concentrate on writing full time. She lives in Portland Maine. http://home.earthlink.net/~slthomson/
12: With over 20 books for young readers here are some other books by Sarah L. Thomson
14: Some of the author's awards for her work | "imagine a place... where each turn takes you home"
15: Best Science FIction, Fantasy, and Horror of 2001, Voice of Youth Advocates | Best Childrens Books of the Year by the Bank Street College of Education | Junior Literary Gold Premier Selection | Governor General's Literary Award for children's literature, illustration
16: Rob Gonslaves Artist | Rob Gonsalves is a Canadian artist who lives with his family in eastern Ontario. Much of his free time in childhood was spent drawing and daydreaming. Places and buildings from his imagination were his subjects of preference.
17: His work is known for its originality in the representation of illusionary worlds and is influenced by such artists as Magritte, Escher and Dali. His style is often labeled as surrealistic but Gonsalves believes his work is different from the purist form as he "makes the viewer think." He also injects a sense of magic into his scenes to express the human desire to believe in the impossible. This has resulted in the term "Magic Realism" being used to describe his work. http:www.bookweek.ca/RonGonsalves.htm | I believe that there is real magic in life. Sometimes the experience of it can be dependent on one's point of view. I have come to see the making of art as the search for that point of view where the magic and wonder of life appears not so much as an illusion, but as an essential truth that often gets obscured. -Rob Gonsalves
18: Book Awards and Nominations Rob Gonsalves
19: Nominated for the 2003 Governor General's Literary Award for Illustration | Nominated for the 2003 Governor General's Literary Award for Illustration | Winner of the 2004 Marion Vannett Ridgway Honour Book Award
20: "imagine a place... where words shelter you, and thoughts lead you to the secret inside the labyrinth"
22: We highly recommend this book and think it would make an excellent gift for a reader of any age
23: References Thomson, Sarah L., Rob Gonsalves (paintings by) (2008) Imagine a Place. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers Ron Gonsalves, Illustrator, TD Canadian Children's Book Week Classic Canadian Reading November 15 - 22, 2008. Retrieved February 19, 2009 from http://www.bookweek.ca/RobGonsalves.htm Seckel, Al (Author), Hofstadter, Douglas R. (Foreword) Masters of Deception: Escher, Dal & the Artists of Optical Illusion Published by Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. (New York), Fall 2004, Retrieved February 19, 2009 from http://books.google.ca/booksid=t5IgWas4rJwC&pg=PA115&lpg=PA115&dq=ron+gonslaves&source=bl&ots=_djn1IFWdf&sig=M EI7fyrNf5ZTZCG3Sx0ymFmUT34&hl=en&ei=JyyeSfjVCoi6NM_T5OgL&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=5&ct=result#PPA115,M1 Sarah L. Thomson, children's writer, retrieved February 18, 2009 from http://home.earthlink.net/~slthomson/ Images. Retreived February 19, 2009 from http://images.google.com/