An artist…Christopher Myers draws his way through a book and into the creative part of each one of us as we read and ponder each page. His pen creates the adventures, so it seems. The detail is incredible, literally drawing you right into the scene and into the adventure itself.
Christopher Myers begins by sharing how small one may feel compared to the rich and famous. But, then, he remembers…“I have a pen.”
“My pen makes giants of old men who have seen better days. Then my pen puts these giants in the warm, sweet hands of the smallest girl.”
One gift, one adventure turns into another, and another.
He illustrates what he sees…nature, wars, technology. He draws feelings such as love. He draws who he thinks he is each day. He draws “stories in the margins of the page,….”
He reminds us that we each have stories. These stories can be told in our own personal ways, but we should tell them. I am reminded of a saying that “When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.”** I think Mr. Myers is saying something along those veins.
Mr. Myers draws and he writes. Others may teach. Some may nurse. Some invent things. Others create new technology. Everyone has at least one gift. Don’t think you’re anything less than what and who God created you to be. You are a gift in yourself. Share with others who and what you are.
Reading Level: 3 – 5 Years
I have to add that I believe Mr. Myers is drawing and writing for all ages…ALL AGES, young and old.
Christopher Myers was born in Queens, NY. His father is the acclaimed author, Walter Dean Myers.
“Christopher Myers credits his appreciation of the importance of images to observing the objects and photographs his parents would bring home from auctions and flea markets: “little histories;” “other people’s memories that get left behind.” His own family images have had quite an impact, as well – as in a black-and-white photograph of his grandfather with a telling smile on his face. ‘He was a storyteller. His thick, dark, calloused hands told stories. My father tells stories. I tell stories. I’m fascinated with work, what work is, who does work, how much our identities are wrapped up in what we do with our hands. Shoeshine boy, ditchdigger, painter. My grandfather laughed at my father’s hands because they were too soft. Still I think he was proud of the fact that my father didn’t have to work with his back. This is progress.’”
“Myers has made his career working with his hands in yet another way, creating his own images in collage, photos, woodcuts, and other artistic media. A graduate of Brown University, he has participated in the exclusive Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Studio Program. Myers began his children’s book career doing research to help his father, and went on to illustrate the elder Myers’ “Shadow of the Red Moon.” In 1998, the two collaborated on “Harlem,” which was named a Caldecott Honor Book as well as a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Myers’ solo effort, “Black Cat,” was also a Coretta Scott King Honor Book.”
“In addition to his fine art and illustrative work, Christopher Myers is a clothing designer. He makes his home in Brooklyn, New York.” ***
His drawings are black and white, pen and ink. Outstanding. Detail is truly amazing.
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
- Publication date: 03/10/2015
- Pages: 32
- Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Cover Drawing: From #MyPen/Pinterest — https://www.pinterest.com/pin/465559680204426600/
** Quote: Amadou Hampâté Bâ (1901-1991), a Malian writer and ethnologist, is credited for saying before UNESCO in 1960: “En Afrique, quand un vieillard meurt, c’est une bibliothèque qui brûle.” (“In Africa, when an old man dies, it’s a library burning.”) The saying means that African oral history is especially valuable and suffers a great loss with the death of each elder. “When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground” is a popular form of the saying that has also been used by American genealogists and historians.
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