In the spring of 2012, the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) featured the works of award-winning artist Dan Yaccarino in its exhibition, The Fantastic World of Dan Yaccarino.
“The images in a picture book are the driving forces that tell the story. The words tell only what the pictures can’t.” ~ Dan Yaccarino
Dan Yaccarino’s work has been featured in magazines, ad campaigns, and animation worldwide. His distinctly retro-style illustrations (primarily in gouache) never fail to touch your heart. Children world-over know Yaccarino from his children's books such as: Unlovable, The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau, Five Little Pumpkins, and All the Way to America. Yaccarino’s bold, stylized and vibrant illustrations also add wit and energy to the work of such prestigious authors as: Margaret Wise Brown, Jack Prelutsky, Kevin Henkes, and Patricia MacLachlan, some of which are featured in this exhibition. Yaccarino has also enthralled children and parents alike, through his Parent's Choice Award-winning animated TV series Oswald (Nick Jr). His creative influence for the Emmy-winning Willa’s Wild Life (NBC and Qubo), and character designs for The Backyardigans (Nick Jr) have also been highly acclaimed.