Renée Andriani

Illustrator Renée Andriani recommends The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. “I’ve always loved books that create a story almost entirely through pictures, using minimal text. Storytelling in this manner entices the viewer to come up with their own ideas about the characters, what they’re thinking, and many other nuances . . . so much can be told in a gesture, a facial expression, and what’s happening in the surroundings. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick takes this notion to the next level by providing a single, simple sentence for a single, compelling image, and the reader can’t help but create their own entire story, no two of which are quite the same!”

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Houghton Mifflin, 1984) is recommended for ages 4-7.

Be sure to check out Paris Hop!, written by Margie Blumberg and illustrated by Renée Andriani (MB Publishing, 2014), and This School Year Will Be the Best!, written by Kay Winters and illustrated by Renée Andriani (Puffin Books, 2013).

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