Billy Renkl Illustration

Illustrations for The Great Birthday Race, book proposal
Collage and mixed media

The Great Birthday Race is about a 3-year-old boy, Will, whose birthday party is only three days away. Will is worried that his father won’t be there, and his playtime (with toy cars, bathtub boats, etc.) mirrors the increasingly unusual vehicles (hot-air balloon, camel caravan) his father employs to get home in time. The quiet text is paired with vibrant illustrations, and both suggest a profound connection between the two characters.