Comprehensives for second grade reading textbook

For seven months of 1998 I worked on a large publication project for Dinardo Design.
For most of the stories being used my job was to take the existing art and to clip, clone, create or recreate the needed elements for the final pre-production round. Pages were tightly designed so newly drawn elements needed to fit with body copy and existing elements.
This was a delightful project in several ways - the folks at Dinardo were wonderful to work for and the page designs were rich and playful - a joy to work with. I was exposed to a number of beautiful children's books and it was a nice change of pace from my usual 1-3 days-and-out-the-door deadlines. A nice side-benefit of the project was being asked by the publisher to recreate some of the art elements (borders and such) at full-rez for the printed textbook.

Each story had at least three pages mocked up for client approval; title, interior and author spreads.Since the portrait photography was going to be done to fit the approved concept and layout the bulk of the work I did was on the 'Author' pages. The top two rows below are a sampling of author spreads, the last row shows two title spreads and an interior spread.

I Met a Dinosaur!


Hedgehog Bakes a Cake

Mr. Putter Flys' the Plane

Ruth Law Thrills a Nation

When the Wind Stops

Days With Frog and Toad

When the Wind Stops

The Mixed Up Chameleon


The Enormous Turnip
7 spreads (298K)


For each story in the textbook the designers (as if they didn't already have enough to do) needed to come up with at least 3 (sometimes 4) design variations. Here are a few of my favorites that didn't make the cut.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation - A

How I Spent My Summer Vacation - B

When the Wind Stops
- A

How I Spent My Summer Vacation - C

How I Spent My Summer Vacation - D

When the Wind Stops
- C

- A

Mr. Putter Flys'
the Plane - B

Ruth Law Thrills
a Nation - A

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