BYU professor uses quirky art for child s book


Described as “quirky and stylized,” the illustrations in Richard Hull’s newly published book match a boy’s “zany, zigzag adventures on his sister’s rusty bike.”

Hull, who has been teaching at BYU since he left The Ensign magazine in 1987 as a graphic designer, worked with author Jim Aylesworth to produce “My Sister’s Rusty Bike.”

Released in September by Atheneum, a division of Simon and Schuster, “My Sister’s Rusty Bike” follows a boy’s adventures through America on a bicycle as he encounters many eccentric pet owners. Pigs who do jigs and rugs that are bears who jump on chairs when the vacuum is turned on are only a few of the odd characters included in Hull’s 17 illustrations.

“My Sister’s Rusty Bike” is Hull’s fourth children’s book and his second with Aylesworth. Hull’s first children’s publication, “The Cat & the Fiddle & More,” also written by Aylesworth, was published in 1992.

“I really like Aylesworth’s writing, and I am quite pleased with how it all turned out,” Hull says.

Hull’s other books are “The Alphabet from A to Z with Much Confusion Along the Way” and “Sad Underwear and Other Complications,” both written by Judith Viorst

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