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eceived two Caldecott Medals and one Honor<br />

forThe Hello, Goodbye Window, by Norton<br />

Juster; and for his own A Ball for Daisy; and his<br />

Yo! Yes? Five of his titles have been named<br />

New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s<br />

Books, including Mysterious Thelonious and A<br />

Poke in the I.<br />

Chris Raschka<br />

Chris Raschka never meant to be an illustrator.<br />

Certainly he had no thought of becoming a<br />

picture book artist. Though in his school days<br />

he always drew and painted, he studied<br />

science and was ready to enter a career in<br />

medicine. But on the eve of that next step, he<br />

understood that taking it would finally mean<br />

the end of his painting life, which was after all<br />

what he wanted most. So he just didn’t go.<br />

Instead he opened the newspaper to find a<br />

part-time job, one which happened to find him<br />

his first steady employment as an illustrator:<br />

illustrating all of the articles each month in a<br />

law journal (his job had been factotum to a<br />

private attorney). For the next three years he<br />

created illustrations for magazines and<br />

newspapers in Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan,<br />

before moving to New York City.<br />

This city would be the place he required to<br />

complete his education. Chris Raschka has<br />

created over sixty books for children. He has<br />

He was the US nominee for the Hans Christian<br />

Andersen Award in 2012 and 2016. Chris<br />

Raschka was born in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania,<br />

in the USA, in 1959. He studied biology, music,<br />

and art, in Minnesota, and since 1989, has<br />

lived with his family in New York City.<br />

Chris Raschka’s illustrations have been exhibited<br />

throughout the United States, including a<br />

solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago<br />

in 2007 through 2008. In Europe his work has<br />

appeared at Bad Berleburg, Germany, and in<br />

Italy at Bologna, Padua, and Rome.<br />

"We are as close as sienna is to umber and<br />

umber is to ochre, which is to say, very close<br />

indeed. We are made with the same strokes,<br />

of the same materials. Peace is not that<br />

hard.”<br />

Chris Raschka | April 2018<br />

It’s Not That Hard<br />

Watercolor on colored paper<br />

48 x 48 cm | 2017<br />


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