Summer 2019 Kids Indie Next List
“Hum and Swish has captivated my spirit and spoken to my soul! Matt Myers’ fabulous illustrations and perfectly chosen words allow us to feel the wind and smell the ocean as we share Jamie’s inspiring day at the beach. Moved by her surroundings, Jamie embarks on a solitary and very personal quest to explore and express what it means to create. Validating and mesmerizing, this book speaks to the artist inside all of us.”
— Kathy Neff, Square Books, Oxford, MS
Jamie's day at the beach turns into the perfect place for an artistic adventure.
All Jamie wants is to spend some time alone at the beach and finish her art project in the sand. But everyone around keeps asking her pesky questions she doesn't know how to answer: what are you making? Aren't you clever?
Jamie does her best to tune it all out and focus on her creation . . . until she finds a like-minded friend.
Widely respected artist Matt Myers makes his debut as an author in this story that celebrates creativity, introversion, and the beauty of a little peace and quiet.
About the Author
Matt Myers has illustrated over a dozen books for children, including Erin Cabatingan's Musk Ox books, Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett's Battle Bunny, and many more. Hum and Swish is the first book he's both authored and illustrated. He lives with his wife Maya Myers in North Carolina.
★ "Readers will connect with the heady, evocative acrylic and oil portrayal of the seashore by Myers (Battle Bunny) in his solo debut—its sharp, bright light; creamy waves; and golden sands. The rush of water, and the smell of sea salt mingled with sunscreen, seems to emanate from every page."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
★ "Myers' understated storyline and moody ocean scenes perfectly complement Jamie’s introspective world and her desire to follow her own artistic instincts. The story’s natural simplicity and Myers’ intriguing illustrations make for a kid-pleasing examination of both the joy and marvelous uncertainty of the artistic process."—BookPage, Starred Review
"The illustrator's acrylic-and-oil paintings are as expressive as Jamie's face, with bold brushstrokes that complement the gentle tone of the story using a harmonious color palette of blues and browns. This picture book incites the senses of sight, sound, and touch with the immersive scenery, the titular swish of the waves, and Jamie digging in the sand."—Booklist
"Myers's full-bleed acrylic and oil paintings take care to depict Jamie not as standoffish or bratty in her rebuffs, striking a balance between images showing her irritation and those showing her in quiet reverie, making art. . . . Myers's thoughtful layout literally gives each artist space, placing girl and woman alone or on facing pages as they work independently, Jamie humming and the woman swishing her paintbrush in a jar of water. A pleasing resolution shows how the child has inspired the adult's art-making, which is affirming of the child herself."—The Horn Book
"Jamie’s facial expressions convey her total absorption in her activities, and it’s fun to watch the way she inventively incorporates different objects, both natural and found, into her endeavor. This day-at-the-seashore tale also serves as a celebration of creative play and artistic exploration, and a reminder to stop and smell the roses." —School Library Journal