Kudos to the illustrators I’ve worked with on my 2016 picture books. Ken Daley illustrated Joseph’s Big Ride. Kirkus wrote about the book, “A young refugee’s dream of riding a bicycle comes true at last when he arrives in America….A joyful, upbeat tale that takes a positive perspective on an immigrant child’s first encounters.” Ken’s vibrant art is joyful.
Luis Paints the World was inspired after seeing murals created in alleyways in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Illustrator Oliver Dominguez painted the world on Luis’s alleyway as it had to be, “lush” and “dynamic” a reviewer said.
For more on these books and all my immigrant stories, here’s my Newsletter, New Immigrant Stories 2016.