"The textual descriptions of Frankenthaler's process are gorgeous . . . [and] Sicuro's watercolor, ink, and charcoal pencil illustrations are spirited."
"Sicuro’s bold illustrations are a wonderful match for a biography on an abstract artist; the saturated colors, thick lines, and rounded shapes work well with Brown’s descriptive text to immerse readers in Frankenthaler’s world . . . A pitch-perfect expression of a little-known artist in text and illustration alike, this is a top-notch example of the picture book biography."
(School Library Journal)
"Brown uses lyrical text full of action words and ranges of color to describe this lesser-known yet influential abstract expressionist artist from the twentieth century . . . [Sicuro's] loosely drawn illustrations with thick strokes of watercolor, ink, and charcoal pencil evoke both Helen’s moods and her abstract style."
"Brown’s debut picture-book biography limns [Frankenthaler's] creative and imaginative childhood, dutiful art study in college, and early career in mid-twentieth-century NYC . . . Sicuro’s compositions—in watercolor, ink, and charcoal pencil . . . consistently reinforce the ideas of movement and color saturation."
(Horn Book Magazine)
"With sweeping strokes, Sicuro conveys the young artist’s joy in the act of creation."
This book and more forthcoming soon:
Twinkle Little Star (Bloomsbury Kids) - coming early 2022
Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler, illustrated by Aimee Sicuro (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2019) - Available everywhere!
Awards and Honors:
- New York Public Library Best Books of 2019
- Junior Library Guild Spring 2019 Selection
- A Mighty Girl 2019 Books of the Year Selection