Looking for Loons
Written by Jennifer Lloyd.
Illustrated by Kirsti Anne Wakelin.
Simply Read Books, 2007.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
At a cottage by a lake during the last days of summer, a family is surrounded by nature. A young boy waits patiently for the loons to arrive and make his morning complete.
FROM THE REVIEWS
Vancouver illustrator Kirsti Anne Wakelin’s luminous watercolours are an excellent match for the natural beauty of the tale’s setting. Glowing reds, oranges, and golds fill the double-page spreads. Wakelin uses intriguing vantage points to draw the reader right into the images. Particularly effective are the pictures of the prow of a canoe slicing through lakewater and lily pads, and the beaver as seen through Patrick’s binoculars. Her technique of showing only portions of her subjects (Dad’s torso as he stands at the stove, the underbelly of a swimming frog) creates a sense of proximity and a deeper involvement for the reader.
–Reviewed by Jessica Kelley | July 2007 issue of Quill & Quire
Beautifully illustrated by Kirsti Anne Wakelin along the same vein as Sheryl McFarlane’s A Pod of Orcas, with soft pastel shades and meticulous detail, this visual treat complements the brief text that depicts the calm nature of cottage life.
–Reviewed by Carole Marion | Canadian Materials, Volume XIV Number 6, November 9, 2007
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATIONS
The illustrations were rendered in pencil and watercolour on Arches 140lb cold press paper.