The Importance of Illustration and Color in Margaret Wise Brown’s Children's Books
Margaret Wise Brown’s The Runaway Bunny is probably one of the most popular children’s books of the last two generations. Readers love the gentle magic of the words, and loving pictures. The illustrations of Brown’s children’s books fulfill the concerns and emotions of the child reader. Clement Hurd was the illustrator of The Runaway Bunny, Goodnight Moon, and many of his own books. The Dream Book is another children’s book written by Brown and illustrated by Richard Floethe. Floethe has a very different style of illustration than Hurd. Floethe has illustrated many of Brown’s books and has won many awards. Although done by different illustrators they both use vivid colors to help bring out the imagination of the children’s mind.
Richard Floethe’s style of illustrations is very interesting. Floethe’s illustrations in The Dream Book are very dream like which would explain the title of the book. Every page in this book is illustrated with a starry night in the background. There are pictures of the moonlight with fishes, bunnies, and horses flying through the air. This is a book that children can enjoy before bedtime and carry with them into their own dreams. There are also a lot of cool colors in this book such as blue and green which help to create more of a dream like vision.
Clement Hurd’s style of illustrations looks like they were painted and also have very warm colors such as yellow and orange. The bright colors and activity of the pictures look like images that you may see in a Saturday morning cartoon. There is an illustration in this book which has the mother carrying a basket and a gardening tool. She is wearing bright blue overalls with a bright...