(Lee & Low Books, 1998)
More recent titles include
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building (Lee and Low, 2012)
A 2013 Boston Globe Hornbook Non-Fiction Honor
Read her interview in HornBook here
Fifteen childhood building projects are deftly rendered in concrete poems and mixed-media collages, each paired with a photo of an iconic building bearing a resemblance. A toddler’s upside-down stack of graduated plastic doughnuts look like Wright’s Guggenheim Museum; a snowball igloo mirrors a sample shelter for living on Mars. Hale suggests that using what’s at hand to “dream up” new things is vital to creativity.
(Christy Ottaviano Books/Holt, 2016)
Hale’s collages, a mix of traditional and digital techniques in an earthy palette, make excellent use of textures in depicting the natural world. Orientation and design elements, too, are thoughtfully employed; a vertical spread of Adams hiking the High Sierra, for example, captures its “icy white” and “breathless height” marvelously.
Hale’s collage illustrations (mixing traditional and digital techniques) offer a full palette of blues, greens, browns, and grays, through which Ansel’s jumping, leaping, and running are contrasted with the straight lines of the enclosed spaces he tries to avoid. The visuals are a perfect complement to the text, particularly in the two vertical spreads that turn the book on its ear.
written and illustrated by Christy Hale
A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Book Press 2018
Hale’s art is playful and appealing but never overwhelming or distracting as she uses the die cuts and precise color to establish unmistakable visual connections.
What Started #100 Women Artists?
#100 Women Artists https://www.continuum.umn.edu/umnlib/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/