One makes colorful paper collages; the other, intricate environments out of found objects. And yet Susan L. Roth and the remarkable bowerbird are truly birds of a feather. Sibert Medalist Susan L. Roth is like a bowerbird, a small black bird found in Australia and New Guinea that builds elaborate structures from various materials they find near their habitats. Though Susan creates books to attract readers and bowerbirds build bowers to attract a mate, both get their ideas from the world around them and the materials they find. Both love colors. No two of their respective creations are alike. And most importantly, both Susan and the bowerbirds aspire for their finished works to be greater than the sum of their parts. Complete with engaging backmatter and dazzling artwork crammed full of so much to look at, this visually delightful picture book from award-winning author and artist Susan L. Roth is a fascinating comparison of art we create and art we find in nature.
Susan Roth has been making acclaimed children’s books for years, using her distinct collaging art style to bring them to life. She received the Sibert Medal for her book, Parrots over Puerto Rico, which she co-wrote with Cindy Trumbore. Some of her other recent titles she has illustrated include See You Later, Amigo!: an American border tale, Prairie Dog Song (which she also co-wrote), and Plants and Animals. She lives in Queens, New York.