Fashion week comes to the meadow in this exuberant exploration of colors and self-expression from fashion illustrator Aponte. Smartphone-wielding, chunky-shoe-clad bugs flock to a fashion show to see the latest styles and to talk trends with Miss V. McQueen, editor of Buzz magazine: “ ‘What should we wear?’ ask the six-legged press./ ‘Who should we follow and how should we dress?’ ” McQueen offers a literal rainbow of suggestions, and readers get a front-row seat as insect models strut the catwalk, surrounded by flashing cameras and eager attendees (adult fashionistas may notice insect cameos from the likes of Anna Wintour and Bill Cunningham). “Feel light, like the clouds in the sky... wear white!” writes Aponte as fireflies walk the runway in translucent ponchos that catch the glow of their bioluminescent bodies. But whatever color, designer, or style one prefers, Miss V. emphasizes that “the most important thing to bee is... you!” Aponte’s jaunty rhymes get the job done, but the book’s real pleasures come from poring over the fanciful details of his arthropod couture creations, which feature as many boots, sleeves, and gloves as their wearers’ bodies require. Ages 3–5.
CARLOS APONTE is an artist, designer, and author originally from Puerto Rico. His fashion illustrations, inspired by the great Antonio Lopez and Jack Potter, have been featured in Laird Borelli's Fashion Illustration Next, Bil Donovan's Advanced Fashion Drawing, Tony Glenville's The New Icons of Fashion Illustration, and Richard Kilroy's Menswear Illustration. Gallery shows include exhibits at The Brooklyn Library, Gallery Hanahou, The Society of Illustrators, and Three Square Studio, among others. He is represented by Art Department where clients include The New Yorker, Coca-Cola, Target, Washington Post, New York Times, Elle, and Esquire. In 2013, he created Boquitas, an interactive book for children. Carlos is currently a faculty member at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He lives in Jersey City with his partner, Christopher, and a French pointer named Rex.
Fashion illustrator Carlos Aponte gives readers front row seats to the runway show of the season Join Miss V. McQueen and her band of fashion bugs as they flit and flutter their brilliant colors down the catwalk. Ladybug reds, butterfly golds, and grasshopper greens provide young readers with a chic introduction to the colors found all around us.