Molly Bang: Picture This - How Pictures Work
I work as an art teacher and in the school I often see that some pictures do work while others don't, independently of being abstract or figurative. Naturally you ask yourself why?
There are many complex answers in art-psychology but there is also this wonderful, small book from Molly Bang: Picture This – How Pictures Work. She illustrates the story of Little Red Riding Hood with simple forms and colors. She tries out different solutions and looks for the most expressive ones. Her logic and argumentation is so clear, that you start asking yourself, how come i haven't realised it myself?
It is a short book, barely 100 pages, easy to read and follow.