The text and illustrations for Saving Granddaddy's Stories (Reycraft Books, 2020) complement one another beautifully and I'm excited to share both with you. This is author, Shanon Hitchcock's debut picture book. (You will find my review of one of her novels, The Ballad of Jessie Pearl, here.) She wrote about Ray Hicks because she grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near where Ray lived. And like Ray, her family loved to tell stories too. As you read the book, you can almost hear Ray's voice spinning off the pages.
Look closely at the illustrations by Sophie Page. She is a mixed-media artist and creates images in two dimensions to tell her stories. These illustrations were made from paper, fabric, wire, and a "handful of Jack's magic beans."
Ray grew up and started telling Jack tales, just like his Granddaddy.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For a DVD about Ray Hicks, click here.
Here's the book trailer, narrated by Shannon Hitchcock.
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