What am I going to wear? The question that diverts us all is first presented in the toddler years when the mastery of getting dressed is a triumph and opinions about clothing are emphatic.
These four board books illustrated by collage-artist Marthe Jocelyn are a unique tribute to the colors, textures, and patterns that make clothes a child’s favorite pastime.
Ready for Autumn displays a full wardrobe, introducing lovely words like turtleneck and galoshes, and allowing even the very young reader to be an expert on what should be worn next season.
Marthe Jocelyn is an award-winning author and illustrator who worked for many years as a toy designer before turning her hand to writing. She has written nine picture books, one of which, Hannah’s Collections, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award for Illustration, and six novels, including the critically acclaimed works of historical fiction, Mable Riley and How it Happened in Peach Hill. Jocelyn has also written a nonfiction account of the Foundling Hospital in London, England, entitled, A Home for Foundlings. She is the editor of two short story collections, Secrets and First Times. Marthe Jocelyn divides her time between New York and Stratford, Ontario.
Praise for the series:
“Jocelyn's trademark collages are an important part of the four books. Appropriately, the clothing items are all clearly defined while usually being placed on a patterned or textured background. The background colors mirror the colors one normally sees during a particular season…. In addition to being a public library purchase, the Jocelyn quartet, if not received as a gift at baby showers, is a "must buy" by parents who want to introduce their very young children to the world of imagination contained in books.” Highly Recommended
— Canadian Review of Materials
Praise for Hannah’s Collections:
“Tidy and temptingly tactile collages show the young heroine contemplating her many collections.… Pack rats should all be this artistic.” — Publishers Weekly
Praise for Hannah and the Seven Dresses:
“The vibrant collage art, using fabrics of every colour and texture is the perfect medium for this energetic story.” — Brandon Sun