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Illustrator Paper Tomie dePaola is a very popular childrens book author that writes and illustrates his own books Although dePaola has dozens of books written and illustrated by him many of his books illustrations are similar In a sample of three of his books Pancakes for Breakfast Tom and Strega Nonas Magic Lessons his characters look very much alike and his styles are similar However there are some elements from each book that differs from each other In all three books dePaola uses all kinds of lines jagged straight thick thin and soft to do a couple of different things First of all characters in all 3 of his books are very simple Their faces and their emotions are expressed through simple lines and shapes Although they are not complex you are able to see what the characters are thinking and feeling simply by looking at how dePaola composes his lines Second in Pancakes for Breakfast he used bumpy lines to show slopes and hills and jagged lines to draw shapes of tree branches In Strega Nonas Magic Lessons dePaola used a lot of curvy lines on his characters He did a good job of showing the characters more full body shapes through use of curvy lines rather than straighter lines Third dePaola also uses his lines to create texture in Pancakes for Breakfast but not so much in Strega Nonas Magic Lessons and Tom For example in Pancakes for Breakfast he does a very good job of using criss cross lines to show how barn walls are textured and he did a really good job of using lines to show the rough texture of hay in the barn Lastly in Strega Nona dePaola uses softer lines and shadows to show depth in his illustrations In all three of the books examined dePaola uses a lot of colors to engage the young reader However all three books had different color schemes For example
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