Lori Mortensen

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Inkluderar namnen: Lori Mortensen, Lori Ann Mortensen

Inkluderar även: Mortensen (1)


Verk av Lori Mortensen

Cindy Moo (2012) 280 exemplar
In the Trees, Honey Bees! (2009) 117 exemplar
Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg (2013) 81 exemplar
Come See the Earth Turn (2010) 60 exemplar
Arlo Draws an Octopus (2021) 32 exemplar
Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range (2016) 24 exemplar
Chicken Lily (2016) 24 exemplar
If Wendell Had a Walrus (2018) 18 exemplar
Ellis Island (American Symbols) (2008) — Författare — 9 exemplar
Scout's Big Race (2012) 3 exemplar
The Golden Touch (2011) 3 exemplar
Ant and Grasshopper Grade K (2012) 3 exemplar
Killer Sharks (Monsters) (2008) 2 exemplar
Our Moon (Let's Learn) (2018) 1 exemplar


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Thanksgiving weekend family picture book read-aloud fun! (Book 12 of 13.)

A clever biography of an unconventional creator of unconventional children's books and picture books for adults told and illustrated in homage to his distinctive style.
villemezbrown | 4 andra recensioner | Nov 28, 2023 |
"First, bright young Edward skipped grades—SKIP, SKIP, SKIP—and moved with his family a dozen times—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. (Heavens to Betsy! That's a lot!)" By gum, it certainly is. So I shot myself. This book was definitely not written in the spirit of Edward Gorey, although Chloe Bristol's illustrations are lovely in a Brett Helquist for Lemony Snicket kind of way. I suggest giving three-year-olds Dracula or Alice in Wonderland or Gorey's own published works instead so that the wee tinies don't grow up to write books like this one.… (mer)
chrysotheme | 4 andra recensioner | Jul 2, 2023 |
Edward Gorey, born in Chicago in 1925, and who died in 2000, was an author and illustrator known for his “strange combination of whimsy and gruesomeness,” and “with a hatful of nonsense thrown in.” His characteristic pen-and-ink drawings often depicted somewhat creepy Victorian and Edwardian settings.

As this biography for kids recounts, Edward wrote stories with curious titles like “The Wuggly Ump, and “The Galoshes of Remorse” and an alphabet book that began:

“A is for Amy who fell down the stairs
B is for Basil assaulted by bears
C is for Clara who wasted away
D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh….”

The characters in his books, Mortensen tells us, had silly names like Octavia Prong, Williboo Lake, Waffle, Skrump, Humglum, and Crunk.

What child schooled in right and wrong and propriety could resist such blatant and daring departures from convention?

Mortensen employs poetic text with suggestions of a Victorian tone to tell readers about Gorey, who was, as she writes, “a dandy boy who looked out his window, drew sausage-shaped pictures of city-bound trains, and taught himself to read.” He went to Harvard, but, Mortensen asks us to consider,“Did he know what he wanted to do with his life? Alas and alack, he did not.” Until one day, “Voilà!” He decided to write his own books. He used pen and ink to illustrate them, drawing “seas of sketchy black lines, as if the stories were set in a time and place long ago.” She observes:

“To Edward,
the world was an uncertain place
where anything might happen.
And in Edward’s stories, it did!

Anything less would be boring,
And who wanted that?
Not Edward!”

He didn’t explain what his stories meant; he thought readers should use their own imaginations. It would be “the height of folly,” he said, to take his work seriously: “It was just Edward being Edward, with a hatful of nonsense thrown in.”

An Author’s Note further explains that Gorey was a child prodigy, drawing by age one and a half and reading (he taught himself) by age three. She also recounts that Gorey published over one hundred books and illustrated over sixty books by other authors, including Charles Dickens and Lewis Carroll. She points out that “Gorey’s sweet and sinister style continues to have a profound effect,” offering as examples Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, inter alia.

Back matter includes further sources.

Illustrator Chloe Bristol captures Gorey’s style while avoiding the look of some of his possibly frightening work, but kids who are up for it can be introduced to Gorey’s art directly by using a Google Images search.

Evaluation: This tribute to someone who insisted on thinking outside of the box and drawing outside of the lines will no doubt delight many children, and introduce them to an artist well worth knowing.
… (mer)
nbmars | 4 andra recensioner | Jun 29, 2023 |
Attractive, detailed illustrations and two levels of text, so the book can be read in multiple ways, depending on the audience. The simple "poem" is in larger letters on the top, and there is smaller text on the bottom captioning the illustration. Back matter includes more information about bees as well as suggested resources for learning more.
buddingnaturalist | 5 andra recensioner | Jun 8, 2023 |



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