Monday, April 29, 2013
Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
Pinfold's nostalgic tempera illustrations evoke a pre-television era, somewhat in the way of KG Campbell in Lester's Dreadful Sweaters. Pinfold's style is closer to Australian Shaun Tan's than Campbell's however. Pinfold's details -- the lovely soap dish clipped to the side of the bathtub, the Battenburg cake on a plate -- kept me lingering over each charming page. The Hope's house is just so cozy I want to visit the place! Check out Pinfold's work on his website here.
Black Dog is a great book to share with preschoolers... and fearful people of any age.
p.s. The wintery scene on the cover is appropriate to Edmonton's weather today; it's snowing here.