Home, Carson’s debut picture book as an author-illustrator, is a whimsical, elegant meditation on the various meanings of Home, ranging from a house in the country to a tour bus to an underwater grotto (and everything in between). Some Homes are ones we know. Some Homes are new. Some Homes are even a bit fantastical – the stuff of imaginations. Carson infuses vitality and her signature style in each rendering of Home from the everyday to the spectacular, resulting in a work of art that raises the question, What does Home mean to you? Home might be a house in the country, an apartment in the city, or even a shoe. Home may be on the road or the sea, in the realm of myth, or in the artist’s own studio.
Carson Ellis is the illustrator of a number of books for kids, including New York Times bestsellers The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, and The Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy (who happens to be my husband). She recently finished work on Home, a picture book she wrote and illustrated, due out in February of 2015. Caron is also an occasional maker of editorial illustration (She's worked for The New York Times and The New Yorker, among many others) and an even more occasional fine artist represented by Nationale in Portland. Carson is also the illustrator-in-residence for the band The Decemberists. Carson has been a babysitter in New York, a hot dog vendor in California, a chairlift operator in Vermont, an artist's model in Montana, and a cocktail waitress in Minnesota. She lives on a farm in Oregon with Colin, our two sons, one cat, one stray cat, two llamas, eight chickens, a family of barn owls and an unfathomable multitude of tree frogs. You can see her illustrations at www.carsonellis.com.
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