Issue 68
Creative Quarterly

Issue 68

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This issue’s Illustrator profile is of John Parra, an editorial and children’s book artist whose work combines the themes of family, childhood and Latino culture. One reveiwer wrote that Parra’s style reflected a combination of Marc Chagall meets your child’s best refrigerator art. With heavy influences of Mexican and American folk art, Day-of-the-Dead art, Mesoamerican artifacts coupled with early-twentieth-century fashion and style, Parra creates a unique flavor in the area of picture books.

Congratulations to our CQ68 winners and to our Best of Show, Jay Torres.

John Parra is an award-winning artist, illustrator, author and educator, best known for his Latino-themed children’s picture books. He has received many accolades including three American Library Association’s Pura Belpré honors, Two Golden Kite awards from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a Christopher’s Award and his work on, Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos, was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year. His new book, Growing an Artist: The Story of a Landscaper and His Son, is his debut as both author and illustrator and has already received four-starred reviews.

Cover image is by Jerry Lofaro

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