For as long as she can remember, Josée Masse has been drawing. She studied graphic arts in Montreal and worked as a graphic designer for 3 years before beginning her career as an illustrator. Josée’s strong sense of concept and design shows itself in her artwork. She loves illustrating books for children and enjoys the challenge of solving problems for her clients who have difficult concepts to convey.
Sleeping Bear Press
Kids Can Press
Awards / Honors
Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition, 2010 (3 pieces) Publishers Weekly's Best Childrens Books, 2010
TIME Magazine's Top 10 Children's Books, 2007
Bank Street College's Best Children's Books, 2010
USA Book News Awards, Children's Book Series, 2011
The Land of Enchantment Award, Picture Books, 2012
Praise for Mirror, Mirror, written by Marilyn Singer with illustrations by Josee Masse
"Matching the cleverness of the text, Masse's deep-hued paintings create split images that reflect the twisted meaning of the irreverently witty poems and brilliantly employ artistic elements...A must-purchase that will have readers marveling over a visual and verbal feast."
—Booklist, starred review
Praise for Follow Follow, the sequel to Mirror, Mirror
"Masse's bold and brilliant illustrations bring the poems to life, showcasing the different perspectives while maintaining a lovely sense of unity by essentially dividing each painting into two distinct images while incorporating elements that inextricably yoke each image to its counterpart."
"Cobalts, reds, and golds dominate Masse's textured acrylics, contributing suitably regal visuals for Singer's dizzingly clever wordplay."