Children’s Book Illustrator Peter Brown Wins 2014 Bull-Bransom Award May 2, 2014 | Categories: Awards
Museum honors Mr. Tiger Goes Wild with medal for nature illustration excellence
Jackson Hole, Wyoming – May 2, 2014 – Children’s book author/illustrator Peter Brown is the recipient of the 2014 Bull-Bransom Award, announced the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Brown was selected for the award, given annually for excellence in children’s book illustration with a wildlife and nature focus, for his 2013 picture book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild (Little Brown and Company). Brown was announced as the Bull-Bransom Award winner at a ceremony presented as part of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s Celebration of Young Artists event held at the museum on May 1.
A panel of judges selected Mr. Tiger Goes Wild from among five finalists, with comments calling the book “an exceptional tribute to the wild and rambunctious energy in all children” and praising the way the book “plays around with the idea of ‘wildlife’ in very visual ways.” Past Bull-Bransom Award winners Sylvia Long and Eric Rohmann served on the judging panel that selected Brown from a group of five finalists.
A funny and compelling tale of an anthropomorphic tiger – dressed in Victorian-esque suit and top hat – who grows bored with his very proper town life and decides to get in touch with his wild side, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild is “perhaps my most autobiographical book to date,” says Peter Brown, only slightly tongue in cheek. Brown, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, started out working on animated TV shows before signing a deal for his first picture book, Flight of the Dodo. He often uses animal characters for his books, enjoying inhabiting their “unique points of view.”
“I was fortunate enough to grow up with easy access to streams and forests and fields and the animals that inhabited those places. But in today’s world, fewer and fewer children have access to the natural world, and therefore, are less likely to feel connected to it. And so I try to tell stories that will pique every child’s curiosity and appreciation for nature,” says Brown, who adds that he’s “thrilled and honored” to receive the Bull-Bransom Award and “have my book recognized by such a prestigious institution.”
Brown studied how past authors and artists handled anthropomorphism as he began work on Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. In a blog post titled “Mr. Tiger Gets Styled,” he talks about his artistic process, crediting illustrators including Alice and Martin Provensen, Mary Blair and Charley Harper with providing inspiration. Brown’s past book honors include a Caldecott Honor (2013) for Creepy Carrots!, two E.B. White Awards, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award and a Children’s Choice Award for Illustrator of the Year.
Created in the tradition of such prestigious children’s book illustrator honors as the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King and Hans Christian Andersen awards, the Bull-Bransom Award is presented in the form of a medal and $5,000 cash award. The National Museum of Wildlife Art named the award for Charles Livingston Bull and Paul Bransom, among the first American artist-illustrators to specialize in wildlife subjects.
A member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe. A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org. The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.
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