The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?— David Attenborough
Skyrocket Picture Books quotations
You don't make a photograph just with a camera.
You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.
They judge me like a picture book, by the colors, like they forgot to read.
A man's action is only a picture book of his creed.
Picture books are for everybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older.
The Polar Express was the easiest of my picture book manuscripts to write.
.. Once I realized the train was going to the North Pole, finding the story seemed less like a creative effort than an act of recollection. I felt, like the storys narrator, that I was remembering something, not making it up.
With twins, reading aloud to them was the only chance I could get to sit down.
I read them picture books until they were reading on their own.
Until we consider animal life to be worthy of the consideration and reverence we bestow upon old books and pictures and historic monuments, there will always be the animal refugee living a precarious life on the edge of extermination, dependent for existence on the charity of a few human beings.
I want a nice picture book with 12 pictures - I do my best with that format.
And if our book consumption remains as low as it has been, at least let us admit that it is because reading is a less exciting pastime than going to the dogs, the pictures or the pub, and not because books, whether bought or borrowed, are too expensive.
Obscenity is not a quality inherent in a book or picture, but is solely and exclusively a contribution of the reading mind, and hence cannot be defined in terms of the qualities of a book or picture.
My purpose is to create a mirror for the reader to see themselves, to create a light for people to see themselves in the characters, pictures, and stories. So they resonate.
The Louvre is a good book to consult, but it must only be an intermediary.
The real and immense study that must be taken up is the manifold picture of nature.
When I pictured myself, it was always like just an outline in a colouring book, with the inside not yet completed.
With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.
A love of books, of holding a book, turning its pages, looking at its pictures, and living its fascinating stories goes hand-in-hand with a love of learning.
Books may look like nothing more than words on a page, but they are actually an infinitely complex imaginotransference technology that translates odd, inky squiggles into pictures inside your head.
One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.
Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation - what are they? They are the happiest people in the world.
For me, each book is kind of like a silent film.
If you were to remove the words and just look at the pictures, you should be able to tell what the story is about without having to read a word of text. That's what I think I brought from doing artwork for film to doing artwork for books.
I pictured a low timber house with a shingled roof, caulked against storms, with blazing log fires inside and the walls lined with all the best books, somewhere to live when the rest of the world blew up.
A picture book is a motorcycle: small, loud, fun, and zippy.
An easy reader is a chartered bus: obliged to carry a rather dull passenger roster of sanctioned curriculum, plus the baggage of an approved, limited vocabulary. The trick is to design your chartered bus to be as cool and sexy as a motorcycle.
You need a theme in a picture book just as much or maybe even more than you need it in a novel.
Only picture to yourself a nice soft wife on a sofa with good fire, & books & music.
Quite often I can be in a bookshop, standing beneath a great big picture of myself and paying for a book with a credit card clearly marked John Grisham, yet no one recognises me. I often say I'm a famous author in a country where no one reads.
I get my inspiration from books, pictures, art.
I might find a vintage scarf and say, "I think this should be our color palette."
Making 'Birdsong,' on the one hand you have how prestigious it is and the reputation of the book, which is something that's an extraordinary piece of work. Sebastian Faulkes is a genius. So you feel that responsibility when you're portraying that character that he's imagined and millions of readers have pictured.
It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures;
one must, without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful.
To be a photographer, one must photograph.
No amount of book learning, no checklist of seminars attended, can substitute for the simple act of making pictures.
Carnegie Hall is as good as they say it is.
It's not like Stonehenge which looks great in books but then you go there and it's a pile of rocks next to a highway. There's actually a highway right next to it, but you don't see that in pictures.
A picture book is a small door to the enormous world of the visual arts, and they're often the first art a young person sees.
Perhaps there is supranatural: reason beyond the normal definitions of fact or data-based logic; something that only makes sense if you can see a bigger picture of reality. Maybe that is where faith fits in.
I live alone, with cats, books, pictures, fresh vegetables to cook, the garden, the hens to feed.
I hate university towns and university people, who are the same everywhere, with pregnant wives, sprawling children, many books and hideous pictures on the walls ... Oxford is very pretty, but I don't like to be dead.
I couldn't read. I just scraped by. My solution back then was to read classic comic books because I could figure them out from the context of the pictures. Now I listen to books on tape.