A framed illustration by Pat Cummings from the book Willie’s Not the Hugging Kind, written by Joyce Durham Barrett. The story is about the title character, Willie, who stops hugging his family because his friend Jojo thinks it’s silly, but he soon realizes that he really misses his mom’s and dad’s hugs. “The colloquial text is accompanied by glistening full-page paintings [of an African-American family],” said Kirkus.
Pat Cummings has been writing and illustrating children’s books since she graduated from Pratt Institute and is the author and/or illustrator of more than 40 books. In addition to her art for the Coretta Scott King Award-winner My Mama Needs Me, by Mildred Pitts Walter, Pat’s luminous work includes Angel Baby; Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon!; and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award-winner Talking with Artists. She teaches children’s book illustration and writing at Parsons School of Design, the New School, and Pratt Institute.
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