New Picture Book: North, South East, West – Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

It’s always a good time to laud the works of Margaret Wise Brown but thanks to the 75th anniversary of The Runaway Bunny and a new biography of Brown there has been some extra attention for this previously unpublished story, illustrated by a Geisel Award winner.

In her inimical style, it tells the story of a little bird who flies to the north, south, east and west before returning home again. Pizzoli’s fresh visual take will appeal to kids and parents alike. It joins the The Dead Bird, newly illustrated by Christian Robinson, in our program that matches Margaret Wise Brown stories with award-winning contemporary illustrators.

North, South, East, West was recently covered in a larger story on Brown on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.

The author exposes unspoken depths that make up the parent-child bond, offering nuance and complexity in measured words. Full of simple, curved shapes set in evocative alignments, Pizzoli’s illustrations complement the story well….equal parts wistful and uplifting-a small triumph.”
— Kirkus (starred review)

“Exploring both the urge to explore and the desire for the familiar, Brown’s story speaks directly to longings at the core of childhood.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Every full-color spread bursts with abundant nature and stark beauty….[a] stunning visual homage.”
— Booklist

“Pizzoli’s style is defined by a bright palette and crisp geometric forms that combine to create a Mid-century modern aesthetic befitting a story written by Brown, the mid-century master of picture-book texts.”
— Horn Book Magazine

“Pizzoli’s illustrations are bright and geometric, nearly abstract, with translucent overlays of light color and simple forms that match well with this feather-light story….In North, South, East, West, the mother bird remains wisely silent in response to her fledgling’s question about flying away. But the ending here is cozy all the same — on the final pages we see that the bird now has three babies of her own, asking ‘When we fly away, which is best, North, South, East, or West?’”
Washington Post

North, South, East, West (9780060262785) Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli. $17.99 hardcover. 1/24/17 on sale.

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