Cardillo, M., & Denos, J. (ill.) (2011). Just being Audrey. New York: Balzer + Bray. ISBN: 9780061852848
Annotation: A touching portrait of Audrey Hepburn throughout her life, from her childhood in Belguim and Holland to her humanitarian work with UNICEF.
Reaction: Wow, I loved this book. I wasn’t originally planning on including it on my Top Ten Favorites list, but this book has just stuck with me, percolating in my brain. This is a great book about a beautiful, kind, strong role model for girls.
I didn’t know much about Audrey Hepburn beyond her movies, and I really enjoyed her history: living through hiding from the Nazi’s, being poor in London, becoming a hugely popular and iconic actress, and giving back to the world through humanitarian aid. Thinking about all that she did with her life and fame is very humbling; even at the height of her popularity, she was kind and giving. This book celebrates her life and legacy, honors her commitment to doing good in the world, and gives a whole new generation of people an opportunity to fall in love with her and model their lives after hers.
And the art in this book. Wow. Perfect. Denos perfectly captures her essence, her spirit and charm. The illustration of Audrey with the UNICEF children is powerful and nearly moved me to tears. I love that all the pictures show a happy, content Audrey just doing her thing in life, not paying any attention to critics. The art is wistful and dreamy and highlights Audrey’s giving nature.
This book is on the 2011 Students’ List for “Books receiving votes for Top Ten Favorites from students in Summer 2011.”
This book is on my Top Ten Favorites list for this class.
Media Used: Blend of watercolor, colored pencil, graphite, charcoal and Photoshop.
ETA: Hooray! I won a signed copy of this book from the ladies at Girls of Summer, and it came today (08/22)!!!