I was looking for art for a self-pub book and found something beautiful.
Last week I started a Google search for cover art for a YA book. I found an image I loved, but couldn't find the artist. I posted the pic on Facebook, and quickly my younger techie friends came up with the artist, Rob Gonsalves. I researched more of his work and found how well-known he is to art lovers. I also found that I can't afford his work for my book cover.
Nevertheless, I bought one of his children's books. Now I need them all!
"Imagine a Day" with text by Sarah L. Thomson and paintings by Rob Gonsalves is a perfect partnership. Intricate paintings of everyday scenes made mystical are matched with Thomson's simple and beautiful prose.
Each written page begins with "Imagine a day" followed by actions that could be taken to free the imagination, strengthen the spirit, or change the world.
If I were still teaching, I would share this book as an opening to the semester with all my classes, from AP Literature (senior class cynics) to the squirrelly too-cool-for-school freshmen. They would love it and borrow the title throughout the year.
Since I am now retired from teaching, I am contacting my friends and relatives through Facebook and the Amazon as well as the AD audience through my reviews: buy this book whether you have little ones or not. Beauty can be held in your hand and will live in your heart.
The final pages are a tribute to the joy of books. This book is a joy.