Molly Bang

po_Bang-Mollypo_Bang-Molly2bMolly Garrett Bang (born December 29, 1943) is an American illustrator.

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Bang began writing children’s books after a failed stint as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. At first illustrating folk tales, she turned eventually to her own stories, which carry an emotional intensity rare in children’s illustration.

The ability to carry emotion in pictures is of particular interest to her; her one book for adults, Picture This (1991) is specifically about the practical ways pictures work. Her wordless picture book The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher is notable for its use of negative space and the way Bang contrasts bright colors against grey.