Feb 6, 2010

Ode to Christopher Wormell

This ode is dedicated to Christopher Wormell, and in particular, to his wood engravings of animals and beasts.
He illustrates non-woodcut pictures, as well, and I don't mean to slight those books. But, it was his wood engravings that first caught my eye - specifically the total book design of the picture books that feature his woodcuts.
Hardcover, cloth bound picture books with covers in rich earth tones showcase his talents with a central image and thick lettering. The same format applies to the board book format of his books as well. The pictures below should show you how unique and distinct his personal style and each book is.
His wood engravings feature bold, simple lines that clearly define their subject. The illustrations are heavy, on subject and detail, so the weight of the engraving comes through in the broad lines, while also showing unique details on each animal body.
It is sad to note that many titles are out-of-print, but Running Press is continuing to publish some old and new titles in various formats. Look for these titles at a new or used bookstores near you:
Mice, Morals, & Monkey Business: Lively Lessons from Aesop’s Fables
Hardcover: 9780762424347, Running Press, $18.95
Hardcover: 97
80762424047, Running Press, $18.95
Board Book: 9780762429325, Running Press, $6.95

Through the Animals' Eyes: A Story of the First Christmas
Hardcover: 9780762426690, Running Press, $18.95

Hardcover: 9780762433353, Running Press,

The New Alphabet of Animals
Hardcover: 9780762413478, Running Press, $18.95
Paperback: 9780762418473, Running Press, $7.95
Board Book:
9780762427291, Running Press, $6.95
Wings, Horns & Claws: A Dinosaur Book of Epic Proportions
Hardcover: 9780762424191, Running Press, $18.95
Board Book: 9780762435791, Running Press, $7.95

A Number of Animals – Out-of-Print
By Kate Green, illustrated b
y Christopher Wormell
Hardcover: 9780152009267, Creative Company, $19.95
Hardcover: 9781568460833, Creative Company, $19.95
9780898123845, Creative Company, $7.95

An Alphabet of Animals – Out-of-Print
Mini Hardcover: 9781561387045, Running Press, $4.95

Teeth, Tails, and Tentacles: An Animal Counting Book
Hardcover: 9780762420858, Running P
ress, $18.95
Hardcover: 9780762421008, Running Press, $18.95
Board Book: 9780762427284, Running Press, $6.95

The Animals Came Two by Two: The Story of Noah’s Ark
Hardcover: 9780762427185, Running Press, $19.95

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