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Chris Beatrice and The Muuha of Bang Bua: Children’s Book Illustrations

Screams, this creative design blog, features Chris Beatrice, children’s book illustrator and his latest series for Maurice the traveling mouse: The Muuha of Bang Bua

Rudyard Kipling, most famous for authoring The Jungle Book, once said, “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”

The use of narrative and story-telling in history is something I’ve become interested in after reading Our Island Story by H. E. Marshall. England’s history written for children, it condenses two thousand years and more into a flowing story, weaving through myths and fairytales while maintaining strong accuracy and educational value.

It’s a children’s book through-and-through yet reading it aged 24, it was the first time I’d stayed interested, captivated even, in English history. The role of the illustrator became apparent as a core part of the book’s appeal. The pictures of Kings and Queens and bloody battles made it easier to remember but also gave Our Island Story a quality that made you want to cherish it as if it were a piece of art. In 2005, the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph ran a campaign with its readers to commission a re-print of the original 1905 version complete with illustrated artworks (available only on Amazon UK). It was this that I bought.

Chris Beatrice is a children’s book illustrator and creative designer from Massachusetts in USA I have found in my ongoing quest. An incredibly talented painter (sometimes digital) and gifted story-teller, Beatrice is the man behind the front covers of many classic children’s books including Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, Daniel DeFoe’s Robinson Crusoe and Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant.

In 2013 his illustrations for Maurice’s Valises helped earn it USA Book Award for Best Children’s Picture Book (fiction), and here on Screams I feature his latest paintings for the story of the traveling mouse, Maurice Goes To Bangkok: The Muuha of Bang Bua.

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