Just One Flick of a Finger [ePub]

by Marybeth Lorbiecki

Illustrated by David Diaz.

A boy takes a gun to school to scare off the bully who has been tormenting him, and the gun is accidentally fired during a scuffle.The title: "Just One Flick of a Finger" reminds me very much of the Gun Song from Sondheim's "Assassins", and the line "All you have to do is crook your little finger".

Stunning digital art backgrounds, with lots in them if you look hard enough.The pastel/charcoal illustrations are more detailed than the previous Diaz book I read (Smoky Night, and the facial expressions are really quite powerful.(Overall, although probably due to the theme, this book is more powerful than Smoky Night.Some of that is due to the work of the white author, Marybeth Lorbiecki (a Wisconsinite, hurrah!) and the way in which she chose to write the text.)The text and the art work very closely together, between the backgrounds and the illustrations, and the font, which was designed by Diaz.

On the spread where Sherms' brother Lee comes home, text and illustrations blend together very well: the way the text is set out on the page, tall and thin, mirroring the image on the facing page of Lee, viewed from beneath, tall and imposing, but overshadowed by the bleak walls of the prison, topped by guards with their own guns.The background is harsh, compared to the warmth of the next page.It's a beautiful example of the way picture books are meant to work (no matter what age group they are aimed at) and I credit a lot of that to Diaz' design and layout work as well as his illustrations.

07.09.2010

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