Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Praise for "The Can Man"

Here is some recent praise for my book "The Can Man", written by Laura E. Williams. Because I was the illustrator I am singling out comments about the art. I will post more reviews as they come in!

"Orback's realistic oil paintings on canvas bring the tale's urban setting into clear focus in warmly lit scenes that illuminate the characters' feelings—notably Tim's unease and his beneficiary's gratitude—and readily transmit the weighty themes at work." -Publishers Weekly

"The full-page oil paintings have a quiet realism reminiscent of Edward Hopper in scenes of Tim’s close multiracial family indoors and the Can Man alone outside. A humanizing story that reaches beyond easy messages."-Booklist

"What makes this title a standout are the carefully thought-out details of Craig Orback’s illustrations. To Williams’ few hundred words, Orback seamlessly adds a few thousand more with his pictures. The result is a definitively noteworthy collaboration indeed." -Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program

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