Frank Morrison Interview About KICK PUSH, Art, & More!
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If you don’t know Frank Morrison, he’s one of the greatest children’s picture book illustrators and fine artists of our time.
I know. That’s a bold statement.
But I truly believe it.
I had the chance to speak with Frank about his authorial debut, Kick Push — which is the story of a skateboarder learning to be himself. It was so much fun talking to Frank –he’s a hilarious, interesting, and gracious man.
First, we talk about the background behind the story. (It involves Lil’ Wayne babysitting. Sort of.)
Then, he shares the importance of the story’s message…because it’s about more than just skateboarding.
See what else he tells me in the video.
I *think* he was joking about the coma?
Watch and order the book ASAP. Actually, run out and buy all his books!
My Review of KICK PUSH
A young skateboarder learns to be himself and find his people in Frank Morrison’s first author/illustrator picture book. Punchy language syncopates through the story with a skateboarding kick-push vibe of energy! Ivan aka. Epic, rolls through his new neighborhood with a kick push but having no friends is getting him down and his attempts at more traditional sports aren’t working. His parents encourage him, his dad gives him back his skateboard, and with a kick, push, bounce, ka-clonk, zwoosh, Epic finds his crew. I’m captivated by how Morrison captures movement, emotion, and community in his illustrations– it’s moving, it’s powerful, it’s a vibe.
Frank Morrison Interview
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