Thursday, August 31, 2017

Most People Illustration Details

Evening Spread - Most People Michael Leannah

For the book Most People by Michael Leannah, I got to create a neighborhood full of characters. Many of them keep popping up throughout the book.  When I was a kid I loved finding little details in illustrations.  So on the last spread we get to peak in the windows and see how the people in the neighborhood enjoy their evenings - coincidentally they are things I enjoy doing - one of the perks of being the illustrator!

This lady likes to knit socks (so do I.)

I imagine this guy dresses like a tough guy, but he likes reading sappy romance novels and sipping tea when he's alone.  He also likes lacy pillows. :)

This guy is video chatting with his relatives who live far away.

Of course I had to add someone reading a story.

Enjoying popcorn and a movie together.

Sharing a meal with family and friends.

Blue Mohawk guy has a soft spot for his cats.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Most People featured in NY Times Book Review

I was so excited this past weekend, I even told the guy behind me at the convenience store.  I think he thought I was a bit of a lunatic tearing apart the newspaper in the checkout line to get to the Book Review section.  But our book, Most People, was included in a great list of picture books that inspire empathy in the NY Times this past Sunday.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Most People Book Release

In June 2016 just two days after the Orlando nightclub shooting I got an email from Jonathan at Tilbury with the manuscript for "Most People."  When I read it I teared up. It was exactly what I needed.  I wanted someone to to reminded me that most people aren't full of hatred.  I wanted someone to hold my hand and tell me is was going to be all right.  I wanted someone to tell me that there is still a lot of love in the world.  And of course I said yes I would be very happy to illustrate the book.

And here we are again.  More violence and killing in the streets.  Killing of perfect strangers not because of who they are but because of what they represent to these aggressors in their twisted view of the world.

I hope this book helps children navigate the world where acts of ugliness and hatred are blared across 24-hour news stations.  There are no easy answers. But I hope children will see past the anger.  I pray they will not meet violence with more violence.  I pray that they will be surrounded by love and by people who will love them no matter who they are and they will not grow up hating someone else because they are different.

"If you could line up all the people who want to be good and all the people who want to be bad. The good line would stretch from here to the tallest mountain.  All the people in the bad line could crowd together in a dark and gloomy room." - Most People by Michael Leannah

Most People 
by Michael Leannah