Featured books by
Jon J Muth
Jon J Muth's interest in eastern philosophy is evident in the tales he tells as well as in his style of illustration. Luminous watercolors are used to illustrate stories that have Asian roots and those with origins in western cultures. Though seemingly simple, tales and image combine to present often sophisticated examinations of ideas that resonate with readers of all ages.
A traditional tale has set in China as three Zen monks come to a remote village where residents are wary of strangers. The villagers gradually add ingredients to the initial soup the monks begin from a stone, building a community feast. Radiant illustrations successfully recast the tale.
A short story by Tolstoy has been retold with new characters in a picture book format yet retains its original Russian flavor. A boy named Nicolai asks urbane questions and finds the answers himself when he helps others. Evocative illustrations chronicle the story and its action.
One rainy day, Stillwater, a panda, shows up at the home of three siblings. The short (Zen) stories he tells reveal wisdom to each child. Illustrations for the stories within the story are done in black and white while the children's world is more detailed watercolor.
Stillwater the panda is back, this time with his haiku speaking nephew, to help Michael overcome his fear of the spelling contest and make a new friend — in spite of a fearful outward appearance. Stunning illustrations make this Zen-filled tale accessible to many readers.
Books illustrated by Jon J Muth
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