Interview with Kinuko Craft

Monday, January 19, 2009.

There’s long been a distinction made between pure art and children’s picture book art. Picture book art has a tradition of being playful in all manner of stories, fun and serious, an approach not yet adopted by art puritans.

Inspired by the her grandfather’s books of renaissance art she enjoyed as a young girl, Kinuko Y. Craft has been creating some of the most sophisticated art ever to appear in picture books — books that she insists are mistakenly viewed as exclusively for children.

K. Y. Craft speaks with Mark about storytelling through art, the time it takes to complete each of her illustrations and her quest for the perfect painting.

The following books, illustrated by K. Y. Craft, are mentioned in the podcast:

Photo courtesy of K. Y. Craft.

Frightfully Fascinating: Baba Yaga & Vasilisa the Brave

Friday, October 31, 2008.

Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the BraveAuthor: Marianna Mayer (on JOMB)
Illustrator: K. Y. Craft (on JOMB)
Published: 1994 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0688085008

Dark, detailed and delightfully distasteful, this splendid version of the gruesome Russian Cinderella folktale has thrilled and enthralled our girls for years.

More Hallowe’en and October reading on JOMB:

Have a Happy Hallowe’en!!

HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to author Valerie Hobbs for telling us about one of her childhood favourites, The Owl and the Pussycat.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.

Doomed to Dispassion: The Twelve Dancing Princesses

Wednesday, August 16, 2006.

Twelve Dancing PrincessesAuthor: Marianna Mayer (on JOMB)
Illustrator: K. Y. Craft (on JOMB)
Published: 2001 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 068814392X

Gorgeous illustrations, luscious language and intrigue: this masterpiece transports us to another world.


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