Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Nina Martinez, Wordless Book Prize Winner (1 of 2)

Nina Martinez, winner of the 2019 Wordless Book Prize, shares with us her five memorable books, why Math is interesting and briefly describes what her winning story is all about.

1. What are the 5 books that you will always remember? 

Estrellita: The Little Wishing Star by May Tobias-Papa -  one of the first ever books I read and also possibly the first to ever make me feel sad.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery – for its simple but purposeful illustrations.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – for the terrifying but believable world it was able to paint through first-person perspective.

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel – for its painfully real, lived-in illustrations, difficult subject matter, and its proving that even autobiographical graphic novels could have striking prose.

Blankets by Craig Thompson – another graphic novel with expressive illustration and the ability to turn a personal story into a tale worth reading.

2. What would you be if not a visual artist?

If I was not a visual artist, I would be a mathematician because I find math beautiful. They say numbers are a “made-up” language yet when used properly they reveal beautiful patterns and truths of our universe.

3. What is Ang Mga Sikreto ng Langit at Dagat?

Ang Mga Sikreto ng Langit at Dagat is my entry to the PBBY 2019 Wordless Book Prize. It opens with a little girl looking at a bird outside of her condominium window and wondering what the open sky and sea are like. We are invited into her imagination of those things.Being an archipelago, the Philippines is surrounded endlessly by both sea and sky, so much that they are both cornerstones in indigenous faiths, folklore, and art. If a child were raised in a highly urbanized environment, she may not be able to experience either of those until much later.

Part 2 will follow soon, so visit the blog again!

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