A colorful story

A review of A Splash of Red by Jennifer Bryant

Add some color to your life and check out A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant. This colorful picture book celebrates the life of artist Horace Pippin. The book chronicles his life as a young boy growing up in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Then on through working in a rail yard, on a farm, serving in World War II, and – then - returning home, marrying, and settling down. Throughout his life, he drew picture after picture for those around him. In spite of a debilitating hand injury from the war, Horace ingeniously figured out a way to continue to make art throughout his life. The vibrant watercolor, gouache, and mixed media illustrations by Melissa Sweet are the perfect accompaniment to the text. It is an inspiring story and well-worth reading – for the writing, illustrations, and to honor this amazing artist. Read other stirring biographical works by Jen Bryant, such as Georgia’s Bones and River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams. And check out more artistic treasures by illustrator Melissa Sweet, such as Balloons over Broadway and Carmine: A Little More Red.


Tracy, I'll have to check this one out. I absolutely loved River of Words, especially Sweet's illustrations.