A Splash of Red: Adding Full Color Where There Was None
You hear that tiny siren? It’s alerting you to a mini trend in children’s literature.
Two popular series previously illustrated in black and white are being reissued in color. Will more follow?
(On a slightly different, but related note, A Fuse #8 Production wrote a great post about re-illustrating picture books. Click here to read it.)
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
Both series appear to be slowly re-releasing each book in full color.
I see this as a positive thing – not a necessity, but a nice option.
Publishers, I’m sure, don’t mind selling the same books again with this new “added feature” (it reminds me of Special Edition DVDs with added content), but full-color illustrations warrant it, I’d say.
Will you be adding these new editions to your collection?
Is there a series going full color that I failed to mention?
Is there a series that should go full color?
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Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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