I try not to take this personally, but every time I come home my cat Binky bolts out the door. No enthusiastic greetings or purring declarations of how much I was missed, all I see is his hairy hiney disappearing around the corner. Keep reading…
Fabian the cat, one of the heroes of Fabian Escapes, shares Binky’s sense of adventure and escapes out the window, while his friend Hondo the dog stays indoors. First introduced by author and illustrator Peter McCarty in his book Fabian and Hondo, the two make an adorable dynamic duo. Seen from the animals’ point of view, an ordinary day is elevated to an exciting new level. McCarty’s subtle and dry sense of humor is reflected in the simple text paired with soothing illustrations. Using pencil crayon on watercolour paper, McCarty creates gorgeously hued illustrations, with softened shapes in low lights.
Fabian Escapes, a children’s book review by Thao Lam
Author and illustrator Peter McCarty
Born in 1966 to a family of five kids, Peter McCarty spent most of his childhood daydreaming, creating wild stories of battles, prehistoric times or life in space. Since he was three, he has had the talents to create wonderful characters and environments using both words and pictures. McCarty comes from a long line of artists, including his grandmother Grace Boyd who was a great inspiration to him.
McCarty started off at the University of Colorado, taking all kinds of science and math classes; around the time he was about to graduate he decided to start over. Following his true passion, McCarty attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City to study the arts. His story shows that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.
To find out more about Peter McCarty, please visit his website: www.petermccarty.net
Publisher Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Printing edition (March 29, 2007)