Destined for Dizziness!

Published December 30, 2009 by Molly


It’s a fact of nature that small children tend to enjoy professional illustrations that look like something they could have done. You know— illustrations that look as though they could have conceivably emerged from the crayon of an exceptionally talented youngster rather than a dude with a Masters in Fine Art. Harold and the Purple Crayon is an example we all know: its clean & simple images couldn’t have been the product of anyone but a genius, but the aesthetic is unmistakably a childlike one.

For a contemporary exemplar of the style, let us look no further than Souther Salazer, whose Destined for Dizziness is a kid’s book of maximum simplicity and maximum visual delight. Drawn up in a palate of black, cream, and mandarin-orange, the book blends a rhythmic story with a fondness for alliteration and a talent for expressive imagery. Topics covered include flying frogs, kangaroos munching on corndogs and a rat having a minor bike accident. We detect a distinct spirit of wildness here, too…

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