Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Michelle Markel
Illustrator: Amanda Hall
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Leonora never followed the road paved for her. When she was young, her family wanted her to become a proper young lady. But all Leonora wanted to do was paint! She followed her dreams to art school, to groups of surrealists in France, and finally to Mexico. Leonora defied social norms as she studied and worked with men, painted strong wonderful female characters in her art, and had her art featured in New York, Mexico, and eventually across the world. She lived an unconventional life and created surreal art full of imagination, color, vibrancy, and strong women like herself.
Out of This World may be a children’s book, but it directly follows the life of the strong, famous artist, Leonora Carrington. This book honors her life and accomplishments, particularly in the beautiful artwork that parallels and imitates her own. This book may be more suited to older children, particularly those who are interested in art, given how informational it is and how much text is on each page. It would be a perfect book for a child learning about art history because it stays true to the life of Leonora Carrington. Its bright, fanciful art could be the catalyst for a child to start exploring their own creative style.