Announcing a New Challenge: Re-Potterfy Harry Potter!
Well folks, we do this about once a year and so far it’s been nothing but delightful. Now we ratchet it up a notch. It’s a fan art challenge and one I hope you’ll enjoy.
As you may recall, in the past I’ve offered two odd little projects. First there was the Re-Seussify Seuss Challenge. The rules were simple. Take a scene from a Dr. Seuss book and re-illustrate it in the style of a different artist.
The next year I went in a different direction. Re-Sendakify Sendak did the same thing but this time with the wide oeuvre of Sendak.
This year, I want to expand a little. Someone (and I apologize as I believe I’ve lost your email) had suggested to me a project where folks redid Mary Grand Pre’s Harry Potter art. I like the idea but the interior art isn’t quite as iconic as the covers. Plus with the release of the new covers by Kazu Kibuishi it’s not as though they haven’t been redone in some form.
No, I think the best thing for this challenge is for artists to re-interpret any scene from any Harry Potter book in the style of a children’s author. Perhaps you’ll have Tomi Ungerer’s Crictor try to devour Harry. Perhaps Bob Shea’s Unicorn from Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great will meet an ill-end in the Forbidden Forest. The possibilities are almost TOO vast! I look forward to what you come up with.
As I’m due to give birth at some point here I’m going to give you two months with this one. So please submit your pieces to me at Fusenumber8@gmail.com by June 30th at the latest. And hey, if you want to do what Bernie Mount, a librarian at the St. Rita Catholic School, did with her 7th graders last time (assigned this as a project and sent me the truly fabulous results the kids came up with) feel free! Best of all, have fun with it.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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