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The Rock-itt : March 2012
In this our fourth of a six part series on remarkable artist, Robert Florczak we are once again graced with some beautiful artwork and have managed to glean more about the man himself. I hope you are enjoying reading this feature on Robert as much as we are enjoying presenting it.............. Pete Johnson. Following the success of his first three books, Robert continued producing books for the children's publishing world. After completing "The Persian Cinderella" (HarperCollins) in 1997, his biggest seller to date, he embarked on the illustrations for "The Magic Fish-bone" (Harcourt Brace, 2000), Charles Dickens' only fairy tale. This was truly a labour of love for Florczak, who has been a lifelong fan of the author. The book's art was hailed by The Dickens Fellowship in London, claiming that "Charles Dickens himself would have been delighted to see [his] romance so beautifully realised." During the book signing tour in, Robert had the pleasure of meeting Gerald Charles Dickens, the author's great-great grandson, who signed the books along with Robert. For the 2001 holiday season, Florczak next produced the art for a third book with author, Audrey Wood, this one a western, "A Cowboy Christmas" (Simon & Schuster). The book offered the artist an opportunity to spread his artistic wings and paint in the fashion of classic American western painters like Frederic Remington and N.C. Wyeth. Coach and Four Peacocks from ‘The Magic Fish-Bone’