Samples by Discipline:
The Mud PuddleChildrens Book
"Witty and colourful illustrations."
-- Canadian Book Review Annualre: The Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch
"Suomalainen also illustrated the 1982 edition, but his
new pictures feature a more fluid, energetic style and full colour
on every page, rather than on alternative spreads. The growing
popularity of Munsch's picture books and this edition's more
appealing illustrations make this a likely choice for larger
-- Annick Pressre: The Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch "...Munsch has released a new edition of The Mud Puddle, originally published in 1979. This book has been redesigned and the new version features the bright and bold artwork of Sami Suomalainen."
-- Brantford Expositorre: The Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch
Mr. Reez's Sneezes:Childrens Book
"Sami Suomalainen's bright watercolor illustrations nicely
complement the humorous story."
-- Canadian Book Review Annualre: Mr. Reez's Sneezes by Curtis Parkinson
"... Suomalainen's watercolors are whimsical and appealing."
>-- Canadian Children's Literaturere: Mr. Reez's Sneezes by Curtis Parkinson
Marisol and the Yellow Messenger:Childrens Book
"Sami Suomalainen, well known to children all over the world
for the first Robert Munsch books, has travelled widely in South
America. His warm, vivid dream-scapes and his Northern city neighbourhood
studies extend the child's experience and engagement with this
-- Annick Pressre: Marisol and the Yellow Messenger by Emile Smith-Ayala
"...The understated grief in the text is countered by
the bright, glowing colours of Sami Suomalainen's paintings.
Dominated by vivid yellows and blues, the illustrations capture
the stark contrasts that Marisol experiences between sun and
snow, heat and cold, North and South. The dream vision of the
four weaving woman who call themselves 'your great-grandmothers'
mothers' -- they are clearly mystic figures -- adds a rich, spiritual
dimension to the story....A touching story."
-- Quill and Quirere: Marisol and the Yellow Messenger by Emile Smith-Ayala
"Colour tells me much about what is going on in Marisol
and the Yellow Messenger. Sami Suomalainen use it to indicate
how young Marisol is feeling. Thus, yellow becomes synonymous
with peace and love."
-- Vancouver Provincere: Marisol and the Yellow Messenger by Emile Smith-Ayala
"Of all these books, its illustrations -- created by Sami
Suomalainen and infused with the vibrant and vivid colours of
Guatamalan weavings -- are most noteworthy."
-- Kitchener-Waterloo Recordre: Marisol and the Yellow Messenger by Emile Smith-AyalaA
The Dark:Childrens Book
"...Fantasy come true, with effective illustrations."
-- London Free Pressre: The Dark by Robert Munsch
"...Firmly melds the real and the fantastic."
-- Globe & Mailre: The Dark by Robert Munsch
"...Visually appealing, as well as fun to listen to."
-- Books in Canadare: The Dark by Robert Munsch
The Financial Post Magazine:Editorial Illustration
"His work is always an editors' delight; he has the rare ability to add a new dimension to the text he's working with by subtly injecting his own interpretation. At the same time, he always mirrors perfectly the mood of the text."
-- Ann Rhodes, EditorFinancial Post Magazine
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