Erdogan, Buket

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Erdogan, Buket

Personal

Born in Istanbul, Turkey; children: one daughter.

Addresses

Home and office—Brooklyn, NY. E-mail—[email protected]

Career

Illustrator and designer.

Awards, Honors

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, 2006, for Mouse's First Snow.

Illustrator

Lauren Thompson, Mouse's First Christmas, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 1999.

Nancy Christensen Hall, Mouse at Night, Orchard Books (New York, NY), 2000.

Lauren Thompson, Mouse's First Valentine, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2002.

Lauren Thompson, Mouse's First Day of School, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2003.

Lauren Thompson, Mouse's First Summer, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2004.

Lauren Thompson, Mouse's First Fall, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2005.

Lauren Thompson, Mouse's First Snow, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2005.

Lauren Thompson, Mouse's First Spring, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (New York, NY), 2005.

Sidelights

Buket Erdogan is originally from Istanbul, Turkey where she studied the art of Turkish textiles. After moving to New York City, she drew on her creative talent and began designing children's clothing and illustrating children's picture books. Characteristic of Erdogan's collage art and illustration is her use of bright colors and her incorporation of Turkish textiles. The vibrant illustrations that result are featured in her collaborations with author Lauren Thompson: the "Mouse" children's book series.

Erdogan and Thompson's "Mouse" series focuses on the adventures of a young mouse as he experiences new and exciting things around him. In Mouse's First Fall Mouse experiences a delightful autumn day: he and friend Minka play in the colorful fall leaves and Mouse learns how to create a pile of leaves high enough to jump in. In School Library Journal, Susan Lissim noted that Erdogan's illustrations for Mouse's First Fall include cheerful colors that "evoke the season" and feature "swirling brushstrokes and texture [that] add interest to the paintings." In Mouse's First Summer author and illustrator focus on another season as Mouse and Minka explore their summer days together playing in the grass and eating and drinking all the traditional summer foods. Gay Lynn Van Vleck, in a review of the book for School Library Journal, noted that Erdogan's "jewel-toned acrylics … create a sumptuous backdrop for this sensory-rich adventure."

Biographical and Critical Sources

PERIODICALS

Booklist, September 1, 1999, Carolyn Phelan, review of Mouse's First Christmas, p. 151; May 1, 2000, Kathy Broderick, review of Mouse at Night, p. 1678; September 1, 2000, Carolyn Phelan, review of Mouse's First Halloween, p. 135; February 1, 2002, Ilene Cooper, review of Mouse's First Valentine, p. 949; August, 2003, Gillian Engberg, review of Mouse's First Day of School, p. 1995; March 1, 2005, Carolyn Phelan, review of Mouse's First Spring, p. 1206; November 15, 2005, Carolyn Phelan, review of Mouse's First Snow, p. 54; September 15, 2006, review of Mouse's First Fall, p. 68.

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, November, 1999, review of Mouse's First Christmas, p. 109.

Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2001, review of Mouse's First Valentine, p. 1763; June 15, 2003, review of Mouse's First Day of School, p. 865.

Publishers Weekly, September 27, 1999, review of Mouse's First Christmas, p. 55; September 25, 2000, review of Mouse's First Halloween, p. 65; December 24, 2000, review of Mouse's First Valentine, p. 67; September 23, 2002, review of Mouse's First Christmas, p. 40; July 28, 2003, review of Mouse's First Day of School, p. 97; September 23, 2003, review of Mouse's First Christmas, p. 107.

School Library Journal, October, 1999, Maureen Wade, review of Mouse's First Christmas, p. 71; April, 2000, review of Mouse at Night, p. 106; August, 2000, Karen Land, review of Mouse's First Halloween, p. 166; March, 2002, review of Mouse's First Valentine, p. 204; September, 2003, Mary Ann Carcich, review of Mouse's First Day of School, p. 192; June, 2004, Gay Lynn Van Vleck, review of Mouse's First Summer, p. 120; April, 2005, Elaine Lesh Morgan, review of Mouse's First Spring, p. 113; April, 2006, Piper L. Nyman, review of Mouse's First Snow, p. 119; October, 2006, Susan Lissim, review of Mouse's First Fall, p. 128.

ONLINE

Buket Erdogan Home Page,http://www.buketillustration.com (December 23, 2007).