Sophie’s Fish

by A.E. Cannon (who loves Cheetos and Oreos!) and Lee White (who loves to bike, I think?!)

I really think artists might be some of the coolest people out there. (Some might say just plain ‘out there,’ but that’s neither here nor there. Nor anywhere.)

What? Where were we?!

When I saw Lee’s illustrations come through my email inbox, I seriously got whiplash from how fast my jaw hit the floor. His art has a charm that swept me off my feet and rendered me speechless for a moment or two.

Not a usual occurrence.

Sophie’s Fish explores all the things that just might happen if you get asked to babysit a fish. Hysterical. Hysterical!

The compositions are gorgeous. The textures leap off the page. The colors are snappy but soft. The whole thing? Is perfect.

Like this spread…

The sidewalk creates intersecting and interesting lines which gives such life and movement to this one still picture. And from an overhead perspective even! So cool. And those dreamy, complementary colors.

Or this one…the DING DONG page!

Don’t those layered textures make you think you could just reach out and touch it?! The crumpled rug, the splintered door, and that calm, but rough sky. I LOVE THIS SPREAD.

Did you hear me?! (One of those non-speechless moments!) This book is a gem. A winner. A beautiful piece of art.

You owe it to your imagination to sit a while with this one.


  • Posted October 26, 2012 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Oh, I have to definitely check this one out! I also love the perspective of that sidewalk illustration. I mean, who would’ve thunk it from the text? The color palette and childlike charm just OOZE.

  • Posted October 26, 2012 at 8:29 am | Permalink


  • Posted October 26, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    I too am completely swept off my feet by these incredibly beautiful illustrations.. Gorgeous compositions!

  • Posted October 26, 2012 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    We had this one out from the library a few months ago and read it over and over. Carter, I love your focus on the visual elements because I’m always so focused on the text and story that I sometimes barely see the pictures. In this one, it was the twist at the end that really made this story stand out for me. Thanks for calling my attention back to the pictures (it is a PICTURE book after all!) They are gorgeous.

  • Posted October 26, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    Enjoyed reading as usual.

  • Posted October 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Is that watercolor? The illustrations are beautiful.

  • Posted October 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I think so! I know he uses a combination of watercolor, ink, collage, and digital…so…yes!?

  • Posted October 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Yep. We have the same taste, great taste that is – loved this one too!

  • Posted October 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    We do!!

  • Posted October 26, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Yes I loved the illustrations on this one and such a cute story, thanks Carter!

  • Posted October 26, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    I’ll definitely check this one out to add to our library collection.

  • Posted October 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Lucky library people!

  • tinamcho
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    What a fun book and premise! Thanks for alerting me to it!

  • Posted October 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    You’re welcome!

  • Posted October 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    I love the style of this- so current.

  • Posted October 28, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful illustrations.

  • Posted October 28, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Carter for the review and thanks for the comments everybody! I had a great time illustrating this book. I’m so glad you like it. : )

  • Posted October 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for hanging out with us here, Lee! You have a new posse of peeps.

  • Posted October 30, 2012 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    I’m in love with the Ding-Dong page! The book looks delightful and one that I need to pick up ASAP!

  • Posted November 1, 2012 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on vikram9725530514.

  • Posted November 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    I loved Lee’s work, too! He’s absolutely one of the best. Glad my editor Catherine Frank had the vision to bring him onto the project. Great blog post!

  • Posted November 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Oh yay, hi! Your words were PERFECTION! Thanks for being here!

  • Posted November 13, 2012 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on machrunnisa.

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