Review: 100 Great Children's Picturebooks by Martin Salisbury

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Hardcover, 216 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Laurence King Publishing
Source: Raincoast Books

This compendium of picturebooks* is as the backcopy describes it: “a visual feast.” Martin Salisbury who collected the titles is careful not to attach any absolutes to this list (it’s 100 Great instead of 100 Best) and I appreciated that because reading material and one’s attachment to it is so very subjective.

I enjoyed going through this collection very much. Each title is given a double-page spread and some illustrations from the book are shared while on the side the publishing details are given with a paragraph or two about the author and illustrator. The selection is varied; Salisbury chooses titles from different languages and countries regardless of whether it has been translated or not. Sendak’s The Moon Jumpers makes an appearance as does Rikejte si se mnou (Say with me) by Frantisek Hrubin and illustrated by Jiri Trnka (published by Melantrich, Prague 1943).

I was happy to see Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back though I would have also included This is Sadie by Sara O’Leary and How To by Julie Morstad. All in all, this collection would be an awesome gift for picturebook/art lovers. It makes for a wonderful collector’s item and is a splendid indulgence if you have a weakness for beautiful books.