Writers seem to really like the visual post I did recently on the types of picture books and illustrations I’d like to see in my inbox, so I figure, why not do some more for other genres/age groups I rep. This one will be slightly different since I’m not looking for specific types of illustrations, but more to express the mood and tone of what I want to see. Keep in mind, these are just some of the things I’d love to find, not a definitive list. I’ll add to as I think of others.
(love the similarities here to Pan’s Labyrinth, which is the perfect example of what I mean by weird/strange)
Think Big Fish
Not necessarily retellings, but something with the feel of fairytales.
But not European, Greek/Roman, or Egyptian. They’re overdone.
New treatments for great works of literature or legend (not just fairytales)
Clueless = Emma by Jane Austen
O Brother Where Art Thou = The Odyssey by Homer
But not issue-driven (suicide, anorexia, rape, etc.)
Set in the West/Southwest
This, but when they’re teens.
Tight-knit group of boys who’ve known each other forever.
Healthy family relationships
Authors from marginalized groups
*These images © Michelle Witte