Mr. Brian’s Picture Book Picks reviews Mighty Moby, saying “All I can say is no other picture book this year has made me feel so wonderfully disoriented…. Just brilliant.” Read the complete review here.
On Thursday, September 28, scores of children’s book artists, authors, and advocates will gather together for the twelfth annual Carle Honors, the annual fundraising gala and awards ceremony for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.The gala will recognize four honorees for their imaginative and forward-thinking contributions to the world of picture books.
Among the 2017 Carle Honors honorees is Mighty Moby illustrator Ed Young, Artist: for lifelong innovation in the field. Caldecott Medalist and two-time Hans Christian Andersen Medal nominee, Ed Young is revered for his ability to impart in his books an air of beauty, integrity and innovation. Young’s work masterfully brings stories to life, and his success in the field sets an inspiring example for young artists.
An art auction will also be held, with works by: Sandra Boynton, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Mike Curato, Etienne Delessert, Tony DiTerlizzi, Laurie Keller, Jon Klassen, William Low, Barbara McClintock, Yuyi Morales, Jon J Muth, Judy Schachner, Philip Stead, Chris Van Allsburg, Rosemary Wells, Brendan Wenzel, David Wiesner, Mo Willems, Ed Young, and Lisbeth Zwerger. Artwork by the late Leo Lionni, Brinton Turkle, and L. Leslie Brooke been generously donated by families of the artists and friends of The Carle. Many of these contributors will be present for the evening’s festivities.
Mighty Moby makes a surprise appearance on a goose egg. Art by Ed Young for Open Fields School fundraiser.
A Minnesota artist Spencer Bowen has created a fantastic cardboard Moby.
Librarian’s Quest, a blog run by “Xena’s Mom” offers a constant flow of in-depth reviews of children’s books. This week, among others, she takes a look at Mighty Moby!
“With each page turn of this book, the art and words will have you either reading silently in awe or gasping aloud in appreciation. The superb pacing employed by Barbara DaCosta and Ed Young in Mighty Moby is astounding making the conclusion simply the best.”
Read the complete review here.
Today, August 1st, 2017, marks the 198th birthday of Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick and many other novels, stories, and poems. Moby Dick in turn inspired many other books, including our own Mighty Moby, which goes on sale today!
See images from Mighty Moby and notes about how it was created, at Julie Danielson’s Seven Impossible Things for Breakfast blog on picture books. This blog has a fabulous archive of picture book art and interviews by up-and-coming and experienced creators alike.
“Action and tension are the name of the game here; the reader hardly takes a breath until the twist ending. It’s a page-turner.”
✭ Mighty Moby has received another starred review, this one from School Library Journal:
“Capturing the spectacle of the original and adding hints of humor may make this the preferred version of the classic for all ages. A masterpiece of bookmaking.” Read the whole review at SLJ.