Cat on the Mat and Friends
Written by Brian Wildsmith
Illustrated by Brian Wildsmith
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The Lovereading4Kids comment
A bumper picture book made up of four best-selling classic stories by this award winning illustrator. The simplicity of Brian Wildsmith’s illustrations and the jokes that both the pictures and the stories tell make this a delight for young readers....
Korky Paul on Brian Wildsmith:
'Brian Wildsmith's work came out in the 1960s and he changed picture books. It was revolutionary stuff. One of his best books is The Hare and the Tortoise. He uses his own colours. He plays with scale, and his animals have characters: roosters strut their stuff, chickens are always eating, cats always sleeping.
'What I like about his work is his wonderful use of white space; there are raggedy edges and extraordinary detail. He uses a mixture of media: watercolour, wash, then he works on top with chalk or pen. There is a lot of movement there.
'My work is more spiky, but I love trying to create a fantasy world and to stylise it. Children's books allow artists of all kinds to explore their own vision, how they see the world, and that's what Wildsmith achieves so well. Exposing children to that teaches them that there are all sorts of ways of viewing the world.' (The Guardian)
Cat on the Mat and Friends by Brian Wildsmith
Hip, hip, hippooray! A collection of stories, for you today! A collection of classic Brian Wildsmith titles, Cat on the Mat; Toot, Toot; All Fall Down; and The Island, are brought together in this wonderful book. Each story is filled with humour that will delight readers, and every page is bursting with the bright and beautiful illustrations that Brian Wildsmith is famous for. Young readers will love turning the page to find out who dared to sit on the cat's mat, what goes Toot, Toot, how many animals can balance on a ball, and will be amazed by an island that is full of surprises.
'His explorations of the natural world offer rich visual experiences. The baby owl's feathers ... have a thistledown texture that makes you want to blow on the page ... Fishes are speckled, stippled and splattered, and-with the subtle stained-glass luminosity of the underwater world-are as much paintings in their own right as they are illustrations.'
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More books by Brian Wildsmith
Oxford University Press
12th April 2011
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