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Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington
Illustrated by Amanda Hall
Balzer & Bray, January 22, 2019
"Spectral fairies, soaring women, an infant in a luminous crescent-moon cradle...these are a few of the wondrous images filling the pages of this colorful picture book biography...The text and illustrations combine in a way that will help young readers understand surreal art and how Carrington used this style to break free of conventional opinions and depictions of women. Another fantastic collaboration by the creators of The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau.
"A striking picture book biography"
Publishers Weekly (starred)
Markel’s telling — evocative and poetic — feels enchanted....(her) gorgeous description of Carrington’s paintings is the perfect summation of the extraordinariness found in all females"
New York Times Review of Books
"Markel distills Carrington’s experiences into succinct prose full of vigor and imagery. “Leonora felt safe. She felt strong. She popped a chocolate into her mouth and reached for a paintbrush. She painted a house filled with enchanted women.” Hall’s dreamlike illustrations take the book to a near fantastical level. Vivid colors, pulsating patterns, and swooping lines make each scene a strikingly original image as well as an homage to Carrington’s own art...From the covers to the endpapers to everything in between, this is a glorious look at a woman artist who did exactly what she wanted to do at a time when few were able to do so."
"A reminder that rebellion comes in different forms"
School Library Journal