Kidlit Illustrators, Italian-style

Want a fresh take on children’s book Illustration? You’ll will love the current exhibit at Portland Art Museum – “Italian Excellence” – featuring art created for books by Gianni Rodari. Rodari, whose 99th birthday would be today, was Italy’s most beloved children’s author. Though few of his books are available in English, the artwork speaks for the exuberance and imagination of his tales.

Art by Simona Mulazzani, for The Blue Arrow (2000)

This exhibit runs through November 10 and coincides with the Portland Book Festival on November 9.

Vittoria Facchini, for One and Seven (2004)

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