Little Miss Liberty
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Little Miss Liberty, written and illustrated by Chris Robertson, is a humorous story about one of the world’s most symbolic monuments. From the day she was born it was obvious that Little Miss Liberty was special. To begin with, her colouring was a little on the green side. Furthermore, she grew several inches every day.
My favorite line in the book is one that best describes the statue’s symbolic role, “Little Miss Liberty was a friend to all. She was especially kind to those who felt different or misunderstood, lonely or sad.” It seems fitting to describe her so; the Statue of Liberty was the first to greet the thousands of European immigrants that travelled by ship to America during the war. Little Miss Liberty was written as a tribute to the Statue of Liberty on the 120th anniversary of her inauguration on the 4th of July.
Chris’ whimsical cartoon style feels light-hearted and carefree. Each vignette is inked in black on Arches paper before being finished off with watercolour. To achieve the loose and breezy appearance with watercolour and ink, Chris paints each vignette three or four times, which allows him to pick which piece works best.
Little Miss Liberty, a children’s book review by Thao Lam
Author and Illustrator Chris Robertson
While in elementary school Chris Robertson was introduced to Curious George, Madeline, and Harry the Dirty Dog by the Bookmobile. An introduction that left a strong impression, even at an early age Chris knew children’s books was going to be an important part of his life.
Chris graduated from Cal State Northridge with a degree in illustration. He spent 10 years freelancing as an illustrator mainly for magazines and newspapers. With his cartoon style it only seem natural for him to venture in the field of animation. He broke into the field as a storyboard artist for Nickelodeon animation studio. Chris moved up the creative ladder to become storyboard director. During his tenure at Nickelodeon he developed a strong sense of visual storytelling. Learning how to create a story only in pictures gave him the confidence to create and write his own children’s book.
Publisher Chronicle Books; Library Binding edition (March 31, 2005)