Featured Illustration – ‘I’m Yucky’ by Anne James


Our featured illustration this week is the only illustration we have to feature genuine mud, the very messy I’m Yucky by Anne James from the romping, stomping, rhyming, sliming ‘I’m a Dirty Dinosaur’ by Janeen Brian.

'I'm Yucky' by Ann James from 'I'm a Dirty Dinosaur' by Janeen Brian (Penguin Books Australia).  Giclee print from the original in magic pencil and mud.  Print price $90

‘I’m Yucky’ by Ann James from ‘I’m a Dirty Dinosaur’ by Janeen Brian (Penguin Books Australia). Giclee print from the original in magic pencil and mud. Print price $90

That’s right, the artist used actual mud to create these dynamic, evocative pictures of a very dirty little dinosaur.  Anne James also used magic pencils (you know the ones with multi-coloured leads?), which sounds like the perfect combination for your average 4 year old to create art with as well!  The young dinosaur spends 17 pages using different parts of its body to get progressively filthier; for example, “I’m a dirty dinosaur, with a dirty tail.  I flick it in the muck or slide it like a snail’.  And it sure looks like fun.

What is particularly magical about this book (besides the pencils) are the totally infectious rhymes.  Each new ‘verse’ is married with a very repeatable chorus, which is always very easy to anticipate.  So it’s absolutely perfect to read with a young child, as they are guaranteed to join in.  It’s also a great book for children transitioning to reading, because the words are so memorable as well as simply and effectively used, that they’ll be sure to pick it up as one of the first books they can ‘read’ themselves.

And you’ll be pleased to hear that the dinosaur does, eventually, stomp to the swamp for a wash…

If you need more yucky young things in your life, come and see I’m Yucky, and all our other Books Illustrated prints for this semester, by visiting the Front Office.  And if you’d like to order a print for yourself or a loved one, please complete our order form and return it to the Front Office.

(If you missed last week’s feature, do check out Agatha’s Scooter, by Anna Pignataro)