I was surprised and delighted to hear this was coming out because I enjoyed Drawing from Memory a lot. The Inker’s Shadow continues Allen Say’s story of becoming the illustrator he’s known as today.
I really enjoyed the different styles of telling his story from traditional picture book style to his signature style of paintings and drawings and to the use of archival photos.
While the time and experiences he writes about were fascinating, they seemed lacking in substance. He could have fleshed out certain moments or extended the period he wrote about.
An impressive book chock-full of information including mini printmaking techniques, the Day of the Dead celebration, and, of course, a biography of Posada with an intensive author’s note, glossary, art credits, and even a list of places where Posada’s works are displayed.
Invites readers to ponder what the calvares mean.
Illustrations were varied too from his signature collage style (that I actually forgot about since I had gotten so used to it by now. And it seems I either hate it or love it depending on the book but I’m in the latter category for this one.) from Posada to Manuel Manilla, another creator.
I can’t imagine this not getting at least a Pura Belpre honor if not the medal itself.