My husband and I delighted in reading a picture book to our kids about a shy man named Halibut Jackson who made specially crafted outfits designed to blend into his environment.
Halibut Jackson by David Lucas
Halibut Jackson is shy and doesn’t want to be noticed so he makes special outfits designed to blend into the background. He has a flowered suit for the park, a book-patterned suit for the library, and a fruit-adorned suit for the shops. When he gets invited to a party with the king and queen, he’s excited to go. But how was he to know it’s a garden party?! Everyone notices Halibut Jackson. And everyone notices his marvelous suit. They all want one too. Now Halibut Jackson has a new profession, and he’s a little less shy! [picture book, ages 4 and up]
My husband recently was excited to discover a real life Halibut Jackson, Chinese artist Liu Bolin. Can you spot him?
Liu Bolin blends into the shop. So does Halibut Jackson!
“He had a suit that he wore to the library.” Halibut Jackson
“How was he to know that it was a garden party?” Halibut Jackson
Art imitates life … or a picture book. I love it when it does that. The whole world can be discovered through picture books!
p.s. For a chapter book that fits this theme of blending in so much that you are practically invisible, try The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman.
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3 thoughts on “Can You Spot Him? A real life Halibut Jackson”
This book sounds delightful, and that real-life artist is incredible!
I am fascinated by this book. Love it!
I think you can find Halibut Jackson at your public library. Sadly, it’s out of print. My husband and I loved reading it to our kids. It’s one of our favorite picture books.