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Friday, June 28, 2019

Reader's Diary #2052- Brooke Hartman (writer), Evon Zerbetz (artist): Dream Flights on Arctic Nights

There are more than a few picture books that catalogue the animals that live in the north. What sets Brooke Hartman and Evon Zerbetz's Dream Flights on Arctic Nights apart from the rest is the art.

First off, Hartman's decision to set the book at night is a neat and unique choice and Zerbetz makes the colours practically pop off the black backgrounds (the text too is in white). I thought at first it was done in oil pastels but it turns out to be linocuts. In addition, there's a real flow to the pictures which perfectly complements Hartman's verse (which thankfully scans!) and the idea that it's all in a child's dream. It reminded me of somewhat of Van Gogh's Starry Night.

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