What is your book about?
What Type of Readers Would be Interested in the Book
I believe that artistic expression is a crucial part of human development and while Here Comes Ingo is officially intended for 4-8 year olds, this picture book strives to create a sensory experience for the whole family. In conjunction with wall decals available through my art store the book illustrations create an interactive space for children to become the artist, not simply observe the art.
Children, parents, grandparents, guardians and sitters alike are encouraged to incorporate Ingo and her friends into their everyday lives through
- open ended play
- imaginary games
- coloring, drawing and doodling directly on the book page
Ideal for kindergarten and grade school children this book may also be especially helpful to teachers who seek out opportunities for art projects, creative writing and other education avenues that grip young readers’ imagination while teaching them valuable lessons about
- comprehension (look at this picture- what do you think is happening?)
- predicting (what do you think will happen next?)
- inferring (what makes you think that?)
- reasoning (what do you think that happened?)
- sequencing (what happened first? next? last?)
WHAT Differentiates This Book From the Rest
Although Here Comes Ingo is technically a picture book for children, it can easily qualify as an art book. This book is a well orchestrated visual story that familiarizes children with figurative collage, an ancient art techniques.
- Each illustration is a multilayered collage on paper (made by hand) with special attention paid to the Disney-like palette and the carefully orchestrated arrangement of various animal, insects, birds, grass and trees paper cut outs in order to come up with a final composition that is as Surreal as it is imbued in suggestive possibilities.
- In other words, each book page-collage is “a painting made with scissors” as Henri Matisse famously put it in reference to his paper compositions.
- Here Comes Ingo’s artistic language is very inclusive and issues an open invitation to the readers to add to the story and take it as far as their imagination can stretch.
- Here Comes Ingo is a beautiful visual story that exemplifies a progression of thinking leading towards love, kindness and inclusion because the world needs more empathetic, understanding and tolerant children.
- Page after page of exquisitely crafted compositions encourage children to resist feeling discouraged or scared in front of the unexpected and the unknown. Much like Ingo, they are to rely on their own ability to embrace what at first may seem strange in order to fully enjoy the book.
- Equally importantly, Ingo's flying adventures invite children to put their thinking hats on and figure out what the characters are thinking, feeling and doing thus teaching them about about setting, structure flow and attention to detail.
- As with the best of books, at the conclusion of the story, the journey is not over. Ingo invites children to visit again and again in order to expand on Ingo’s dream world following into the tradition of classic books such as Good Night, Gorilla, The Adventures of Polo, Tuesday, Where's Walrus, Sea of Dreams and The Red Book.