When God Made Light

 

Illustrator Insights

My favorite part of any book is finding the visual story that can be told in a way that doesn’t trample on the sovereign territory of the text. 

In the instance of When God Made Light, my task was to create a story that would illustrate the music of Matt’s words but would still remain separate and distinct.

When I first read the text, I immediately sensed his poet’s joy of the painterly materiality of words and their inherent ability to travel light speed from when to then and back again.  Time travel is, of course, within the prerogative of the author but it presents challenges to the illustrator who is compelled to provide the reader with a beginning, a middle and a resolution of some sort.

The other part is finding a cast of characters who, first, can tell the two stories- but will also connect in a way that makes the reader feel they are on the ride themselves.

I think the book turned out to be a ride I want to take over and over again.

Reviews

This is a joyful riot of colors and enthusiastic children and pets playing and celebrating how amazing and wondrous our universe is. Filled with fanciful and bold illustrations, it makes me smile every time I read it. Your kids will, too!
— Doc Kirby, WTBF, Troy, AL
 
 
 
About   'Let there be light!' that's what God said. And light began shining and then started to spread." Wild and creative illustrations from top children's illustrator David Catrow pair with Matthew Paul Turner's lyrical verse in this message of a God-made light that cuts through darkness to bring vision and hope to all young readers. This light radiates, chasing away the shadows, providing the wonder and fun of stargazing or firefly chasing. Most important, this light appears in each child—an inner God-given spark that grows and will be used to change the world.     Written By:    Matthew Paul Turner    Illustrated By:   David Catrow   Age Range:   3 – 7 Years   Grade Level:   Preschool – 2   Hardcover:   48 pages   Publisher:    WaterBrook    Date:   February 13, 2018   Purchase Book:   Amazon ,  Barnes & Noble ,  Books A Million ,  IndieBound ,  Target ,  Walmart

About

'Let there be light!' that's what God said. And light began shining and then started to spread." Wild and creative illustrations from top children's illustrator David Catrow pair with Matthew Paul Turner's lyrical verse in this message of a God-made light that cuts through darkness to bring vision and hope to all young readers. This light radiates, chasing away the shadows, providing the wonder and fun of stargazing or firefly chasing. Most important, this light appears in each child—an inner God-given spark that grows and will be used to change the world.

Written By:
Matthew Paul Turner

Illustrated By:
David Catrow

Age Range:
3 – 7 Years

Grade Level:
Preschool – 2

Hardcover:
48 pages

Publisher:
WaterBrook

Date:
February 13, 2018

Purchase Book: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, IndieBound, Target, Walmart