Monday, July 23, 2012

More by I.C. Springman and Brian Lies

More is an entertaining picture book for preschoolers about the dangers of over-consumption. Illustrator Brian Lies has created an adorable magpie who starts with nothing and collects way too much. I.C. Springman uses fewer than 50 words, in keeping with her message that less is more. "Lots. Plenty. A bit much. Much too much."

Magpie's expressions and demeanor convey an extensive range of emotions and character. The acrylics and coloured pencil illustrations are realistic and it's fun to identify all of the objects that Magpie collects. I was reminded of Jillian Tamaki's Trash the Block project, which can be seen here.

Pair More with another great book for all ages: Here Comes the Garbage Barge by Jonah Winter... and let's talk about the way we crave stuff.

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