Award-winning author-illustrator Catherine Rayner studied Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She fell in love with the city and still lives there with a small menagerie of creatures. In 2006 Catherine won the Best New Illustrator Award at the Booktrust Early Years Awards and was also shortlisted for the V&A Illustration Awards. In 2007 her first book, Augustus and His Smile, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway medal, and in 2008 Catherine was named one of the ten best new illustrators as part of Booktrust's 'Big Picture' campaign.
PreS-Gr 1-Harris asks his granddad why he has such enormous feet, and the whiskery old hare takes him on a series of adventures that show the youngster what he can do with them. Their outing includes joyous hopping "to the top of the world," contented digging, and life-preserving running (from a wolf in the distance), and end when worn-out Grandad leaves Harris to go forth on his own. The tale, told completely in spreads with one short block of text to each one, suffers from a lack of momentum, narrative tension, and a satisfying conclusion. Also, the absence of detail in either foreground or background art, suggesting to some the openness of the countryside, may give others the impression of wasted space. The screen print, watercolor, and ink illustrations, though lovely and evocative, don't do enough to make up for what the writing leaves out. Rayner's Augustus and His Smile (Good Bks., 2006) gives children a glimpse of this artist and illustrator's vast talent.-Lisa Egly Lehmuller, St. Patrick's Catholic School, Charlotte, NC Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.