Are you as excited as we are for Eric Carle’s new book? It’s called The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse and it’s lovely! I got a sneak peak at a galley earlier this summer and I know you all will love it! Not only is it true to Eric’s bright and colorful collage style, but it is also a truly inspirational book.
When Eric Carle was a young boy in World War II Germany, his art teacher secretly showed him works by Nazi-banned expressionist artists like Franz Marc. These artists made an enormous impact on Eric’s life and inspired his own art. This new book is, in a way, a tribute to Franz Marc. It’s a book about true creativity, each paged filled with its own wildly colored animal, such as a blue horse, a yellow cow or a polka-dotted donkey. The artist in the book paints the world as he sees it, even if it may be different from how you or I see it.
Every child has an artist inside of him and this book is not only beautiful and entertaining, it also will make a wonderful teaching tool. Educators can launch into lessons on expressionist art using the informative back matter of the book. Readers can even compare Eric Carle’s blue horse and yellow cow to the reproductions in the back of Franz Marc’s original works. Educators can also use the book to let students explore the artist within themselves, perhaps choosing another artist to which they can create their own mini picture book homage.
We’re so excited to share this new book with our Museum friends, that we simply can’t wait until it’s release date of October 4th! So we’re inviting you to come to The Carle on Sunday, September 25th at 1:00 pm to purchase a copy (or three!) of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse to get signed personally by Eric Carle. To celebrate the launch of his new book, not only will Eric Carle be at the Museum to sign copies of the book for fans, but we’ll also have original art from the book on display in our West Gallery. You can be the very first out of everyone to get your hands on an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Eric Carle’s new book AND be able to see the original art! How crazy is that? We’ll also be showing the new video, Eric Carle: Picture Writer, The Art of Books in our Auditorium and have Blue Horse art activities in our Art Studio, so it’s going to be a really great day. More information, including signing guidelines (no personalization, no flash photography, etc) can be found on our website here.
If you would like to reserve your copies of the book, you can place your order online here (limit three per person) and come pick it up in the Shop ahead of time to avoid the lines on Sunday, September 25th. Please note that you must be present September 25th to get your early copy of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse. No copies can be shipped before the official release date of October 4th.
If you can’t make it to The Carle on September 25th but would still like to reserve a copy (unsigned only) of the book, you can place your pre-order here. Books will ship after October 4th.
I really hope all of you can make it here to meet Eric Carle and celebrate this new book’s launch with us. It’s going to be an amazing day!