Have a Look, says Book
Written by Richard Jackson
Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Soft kittens, wooly socks, soggy mittens, fleecy flocks—this pictorial celebration of things tactile explores how what we touch touches us. From legendary editor Richard Jackson, Have a Look, Says Book is a sweet celebration of the ways we discover new things, through touch, through books.
“Bright illustrations take readers ... on a roller-coaster ride through the pages of a beckoning book. ... The book wants its visitors to look and listen, but, most importantly, it wants them to touch. ... This celebration of sharing a book together encourages readers to think more about words and textures.”
School Library Journal - starred review
“The gouache illustrations are playful and bright, and the text is an integral part of the design: a dripping mitten dangles off the end of the word “wet”; a sock and two balls of yarn make up the word “woolly”; and green lichen sprouts from a mossy trail.
A whimsical exploration of imagination.”
“The ending brings the energy down to a good place for bedtime. Art and text together are enjoyably quirky. ... As a celebration of the surreal, it excels.”
I was so flattered that Richard Jackson wanted to do a book with me. When I got the manuscript, it took me the longest time to decide which direction the illustrations should go. Finally after weeks of doodling, I read the manuscript aloud and it became obvious that this was a book about the sounds of words. At this point, I begin to think of the words as 3-dimensional. Characters could climb on them, swing from them. They became part of the landscape. It is one of my favorite books ever.