Thursday 29 May 2014

The Sea Tiger - By Victoria Turnbull

Like a gently glimmering picture book pearl nestled within an oyster The Sea Tiger is the epitome of classic becoming contemporary, such a deeply expressive and breathtakingly beautiful book is washed ashore via the exquisite brush work of Cambridge MA graduate and  AOI New Talent award winner Victoria Turnbull

With delicate rippling echoes of Rackham and Sendak, Victoria has created what is without a doubt one of the most visually satisfying picture books I have had the good fortune to pour over. It is quite simply heart stoppingly beautiful and each stand alone spread practically iconic in it's ability to perfectly depict the story as it unfolds. 

Her use of a muted sepia and teal pallet brings draw the reader to the deepest depths of the briny ocean upon where with soft rumbling tones we meet our narrator, The Sea Tiger, a comforting and protective character and sole companion of Oscar the merchild. 

With an exhilarating flick of a fin and a swoosh of bubbles we are whisked away to join the pair in a magnificent celebration of friendship and exploration as we discover together the most extraordinary places. Swooping through circus performances, spinning on carousels and contemplating the world under a star studded sky. 

A story which sensitively explores relationships, exclusion, inclusion, acceptance, the pure joy of youth, the thrill of discovery, and eventually saying goodbye. 

Victoria Turnbull has created an unparalleled showcase of illustration and depiction of friendship in its purest form. 

A complete classic now and many many years in the future. 

We can't wait t o see what she creates next! 

Follow Victoria on Twitter @vic_turnbull
Pre-order The Sea Tiger here - Publishing 1st June

The Sea Tiger

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful! So happy to see classic, well executed, wonderful children's illustrations being published again. It's a joy.


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