[Copyright Garrett Curry and Kyle Ragsdale and associates.]
The day after Christmas, a package arrives for Piper. She is not excited about it. Great Aunt Fran sends her something every year that contains an item that’s itchy and handmade, which she is then forced to wear. This year she gets a scarf. This year will be different from all the others.
Winter Woven is written by first-time author, Garrett Curry, and illustrated by artist, Kyle Ragsdale. It is the product of a Kickstarter campaign, published independently, and is sold on Etsy. It is a multigenerational children’s story about loss that targets both kids and adults.
The book possesses a sense of everyday magic—a vivid dream, a newfound longing, and the healing power of love. The illustrations are gorgeous and filled with contrast and fluid movement. The words are hand lettered by two additional artists, which gives the story a feeling of mythical progression. Winter Woven is a world much like its midwinter setting–quiet, thoughtful, and sometimes dark.
As the book targets both kids and adults, there are some vocabulary words that might be challenging for younger children. There were also a few typos in the advanced copies, which hopefully will be fixed. Some of the lines were a bit awkward too.
Overall Winter Woven is an interesting collective project by talented artists. You can learn more about the book and the artists behind it here.
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Garrett Curry manages raygunworkshop.com where he works as a full-time art director and brand manager.
Kyle Ragsdale is an accomplished fine artist.
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