It Jes’ Happened

By Waking Brain Cells

Tate does not shy away from truly embracing Traylor in this picture book. The book has more words than many picture books, but they are necessary to truly recreate both the memories of Bill Traylor and the amazing transformation to artist that happened so late in his life. The writing is solid and smooth, building a full life before your eyes. Christie’s art hearkens back to that of Traylor’s in its rough simplicity. It speaks to the deep colors and the power of plain paint and strong lines. There is also a wonderful dynamic quality to the art that offers motion and storytelling.
A lovely look at the life of a folk artist, this book is a great example of a picture book.
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