Chris Raschka is an original and innovative creator of picture books. He has produced a significant body of work for young people. His work is characterized by unusual forms and formats which extend the boundaries of what many readers expect in children’s literature.
Reviewers generally underline the exuberance of Raschka’s watercolour and collage illustrations, the vibrancy of his colours, his ability to express his characters’ feelings through body language and, and the way in which he blends words, images, sounds, colours, and shapes into vivid expressions. One of his most innovative achievements has been to create picture books that immerse readers in the vocabulary, rhythms, and joyous spirit of jazz, which he translates into a visual representation of sound.
His artwork has been credited with many awards, including the 2006 American Library Association’s Caldecott Medal for The Hello, Goodbye Window, and has been featured in several art exhibits.