I found this amazing woodcut book illustrated by Ed Emberley in a bag full of old library books my mom brought back from a book sale. What an treasure (I know I use that word a lot but I really do feel like these vintage books are like inspiration gold!).
Ed Emberley is best known for his instructional drawing books for children. He was a Caldecott Medal runner-up in 1967 and in 1968 won it for Drummer Hoff. Ed studied at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) and collaborated with his wife Barbara on many children's picture books. He included his whole family in his book art. His children are also in the business of print and illustration.
I was attracted to the mid-century design. His contrasting line work is wonderful. Ed uses pattern like textures (look at the wonderfully designed trees above). I also love the use of his color. It is used strategically through out the book to emphasize different characters and environments. Ed uses bold shape language that draws in the reader and gives the woodcut illustrations depth like the hoof marks from the blue ox. Inspiring!