MATT JAMES is a painter, illustrator and musician. His books have won many prestigious awards including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, the New Mexico Book Award and the Governor General's Award for Illustration.



"[T]he sweep of James’s paintings is spectacular; the invitation to 'make a Northwest Passage to the sea,' irresistible." Horn Book

James’s naive style has an infectious, unfettered energy. Croza’s spare text captures the narrator’s feelings of displacement with poetic immediacy." Quill & Quire

"Matt James calibrates his paintings to convey the relationship between memory and art, between what a child sees and how she recalls the experience of seeing... The layering of paint, the dark outlines of animals and objects, the piling on and scratching away: all these techniques find parallels in the workings of memory." The New York Times




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