Sometimes you just need to take a walk to clear your mind. Keep reading…
Best described as “A sunny, slapstick silent comedy” by The New York Times, Rosie’s Walk, written and illustrated by Pat Hutchins is a story about Rosie the hen, who went for a walk blissfully unaware of the fox trailing behind her. This sly fox is hungry for a snack. While Rosie’s walk is uneventful, the fox stumbles, trips and falls as he unsuccessfully tries to catch Rosie.
Probably one of the shortest stories I have ever read, the story of Rosie’s Walk is told in one sentence. Making up for the lack of words Hutchins illustrations are packed with action. First printed in 1968, the neon colours of the illustrations are a reflection of the era. Hutchins’s inked line art creates detail patterns and graphic decorative shapes that remind me of the printed textiles of the 60’s. With very little to say text wise, Hutchins’s illustrations gives our eyes plenty to feast on and the freedom to interpret the story how we see fit.
Rosie’s Walk, a children’s book review by Thao Lam
Author and Illustrator Pat Hutchins
Pat Hutchins was one of seven children born in Yorkshire, England on June 18th, 1942. Growing up in the country provided wonderful opportunities for Hutchins to explore. The country was filled with all sorts of animals which Hutchins and her siblings would bring home as pets. All this natural beauty inspired Hutchins, she would spend hours outdoors sketching her environment. With talent and encouragement from an elderly couple (they gave her a chocolate bar for every picture she drew), Hutchins continued to develop her skills. Recognizing her talents she was offered a scholarship to a local art school, after three years studying at the Darlington School of Art, she went on to the Leeds College of Art for illustration.
Publisher Aladdin (August 1, 1971)