Title: Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington
By: Michelle Markel
Call #: xBiog Carri.L Marke.M
This is a gorgeous picture book detailing the life of the surrealist artist Leonora Carrington. It begins, as many biographies do, with her childhood and how she loved to draw the animals she saw. From there, we learn about what inspired her, how she rejected becoming a “proper lady” in order to become an artist, and how she went from the streets of France to Mexico, where she found kindred spirits and made a home. Accompanying the author’s evocative writing are bright and dreamy illustrations reminiscent of Carrington’s own style, featuring mythical creatures and lots of warm, vibrant hues. It’s a beautiful introduction to the artist’s life and work, and to the surrealist movement. Recommended for children ages 4-8 years.