Title: Tweak Tweak
Author: Eve Bunting
While out for a walk, Mama Elephant answers her child’s questions about a monkey, a frog, a songbird, a butterfly, and a crocodile, all the while teaching about Little Elephant too.
Eve Bunting’s tender text and Sergio Ruzzier’s whimsical illustrations make this walk with Mama an excursion any little elephant would enjoy.
Sketches from the illustrator Sergio Ruzzier
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This spread shows Little Elephant fantasizing about swimming in the river. I thought it would make it more interesting if he swam underwater and against the flow.
When I sketched it, I knew I would have a great time drawing and especially coloring all the pebbles. I always make up excuses to draw what I like to draw.
I always like to paint the water yellow, I don’t know why.
One challenge when working on spreads is the gutter.
No important element should be placed too close to the middle of the spread, because the way the books are bound would likely make it difficult to see.
At the same time, the composition needs to feel balanced and effortless, at least in a simple book as this.