Purple Little Bird
Publication Date: May 2011
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Purple Little Bird lives in a very purple world:
He has a purple little house and a purple little garden.
But somehow, it's just not quite perfect.
So Purple Little Bird sets off to find the perfect place for himand discovers it in a most unexpected way.
Award-winning author-illustrator Greg Foley grew up in Austin, Texas, and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. He now designs and creative-directs Visionaire, V Magazine, and VMAN and lives in Greenwich Village, New York. He is also the author-illustrator of Willoughby & the Lion and Willoughby & the Moon.
The theme color (purple) and the look (childlike illustrations on a clean white background) each recall Crockett Johnson’s classic, Harold and the Purple Crayon. Ideal for young children. Purple Little Bird, with his bright color, oversize head, and anxious expression, is plenty appealing.
Foley’s big, loose black lines and off-register swaths of color provide warmth and a consistently cheerful energy.
Foley uses a crayon palette to good effect, with warm hues and quick strokes that color outside the friendly cartoon lines and fill the page. Satisfying for the very youngest.
Praise for WILLOUGHBY & THE MOON: “Another stunning visual look into a child’s imagination. Foley’s latest is a must-have addition to the canon of stories of little boys struggling to go to sleep.”
-School Library Journal
Praise for WILLOUGHBY & THE MOON: “With blacks so absolute they shine, and silvers so shimmering they practically act as mirrors, the book is a visual dazzler.”
Praise for WILLOUGHBY & THE LION: “Brassy layers and a sprinkling of stars imply fantastic wealth, leavened with grayscale pixels; the elegant combination of the two basic colors boosts the visual impact exponentially.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for WILLOUGHBY & THE LION: “Sure to capture children’s fancy.”
Praise for THANK YOU, BEAR: “Young listeners will love this book. Absolutely charming.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)