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Stanley Goes for a Driveby Craig Frazier
Synopses & Reviews
One hot day, Stanley sets out for a drive with little on his mind. The road is dusty, the pond dry, the cows hot and tired—a usual summer day...or is it? In his first book for children, renowned graphic designer Craig Frazier has combined bold, dynamic illustrations with a simple story that celebrates the imagination and the art of looking at the world in your own way.
"Frazier's (The Illustrated Voice) graphically expressive debut children's title innocuously begins as the story of a man and his truck on a searing, dusty day. But it soon sheds its initial pragmatism for a dreamlike flight of fancy. Reflecting the author's background in design and illustration, the full-bleed, digitally colored artwork consists of simple forms and silhouettes with occasional pixel-like shadows suggesting three-dimensionality. Stanley, a typical Frazier figure, '[sets] out on a drive with little on his mind' in his red, vintage pickup truck, sporting a vest, shirtsleeves and brimmed hat. Austere sentences underscore the normalcy: 'There wasn't a cloud in the sky, just the baking hot sun.... The pond was so dry that it couldn't even make a reflection.' Passing a herd of black cows, however, Stanley brings his truck to a halt; he approaches the lone spotted one with buckets, a stool and 'an idea.' After milking the animal, he tosses the buckets' contents into the air, and the milk fluidly morphs into clouds. A storm brings rain and respite, transforming the parched and yellowed landscape into a verdant wonderland. The theme of finding magic in the mundane should appeal to readers of all ages who are perhaps already familiar with the enchantments that can be found in a seemingly ordinary day in the country. Ages 4-8" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In his first book for children, the renowned graphic designer combines bold, dynamic illustrations with a simple story that celebrates the imagination and the art of looking at the world in one's own way. Full color.
About the Author
Craig Frazier is well known worldwide for his illustration and design. He is the author of The Illustrated Voice and the designer of the Adobe typeface Critter. He is married with two children and lives in Northern California. His first and only pickup truck was a 1954 Chevy.
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