Each sentence is short and sweet but still manages to broadcast the enormity of influence Cornelius had through a very clever use of repetitive sentence structure and wonderful rhythm. The gorgeous illustrations follow the distinctive style of many of New Orleans' murals, with many of them being full page spreads. Parra’s work with acrylic paint allows readers to see each individual brush stroke, adding texture, character, and a sense of weathered age into every page of the story. Each spread allows the city of New Orleans to be an active character in the story, while also focusing on Marvelous Cornelius.
This fun, inspirational tale of uplifting valor and chivalry in the face of both the mundane and tragic makes a wonderfully fun read sure to make you start dancing when you take out the trash too!
Below is a wee video focusing on the writing and art in this beautiful book.
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with Clear Fork/Spork editor/art director, former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays will feature the fabulous debut author/illustrator Maggie Brown.
And 5th Mondays will feature a surprise reprise from over nine years of archives.