Saturday, March 07, 2015

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Tom Schamp

Lots and lots to look at in this delightful winter scene by Belgian illustrator Tom Schamp a one minute animated clip of his book, 'Otto In The Snow'...

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Legend of Saint Nicholas

Stories of miracles and acts of generosity performed by Saint Nicholas, succinctly told by Anselm Grun, lovingly illustrated by Giuliano Ferri.  Luminous.

Preview the book here:

The Legend of Saint Nicholas

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Wednesday, December 03, 2014


Thank you to

In the 1930s Dorothea Lange photographed the town I live in. The main street looks pretty much they way it did then, but I'm fascinated with the people and cars on the street. Old photos of places you know can give your brain a little jolt and a deeper frame of reference.

I love those pictures of old cow paths that are now busy avenues, like R. Crumb's A SHORT HISTORY of AMERICA (above).

"...this poster shows the gradual metamorphosis of a single plot of land from virgin wilderness to urban decay in 12 panels. ... After the popular but depressing 12-panel poster went out of print, Crumb added three panels to answer the "What next?" question posed in his original final 12th panel." —

G. Brian Karas has created a children's book version of A SHORT HISTORY in AS AN OAK TREE GROWS. 

AS AN OAK TREE GROWS is a look at the changing population and modernization surrounding a tree rooted in place for over 200 years while the world crowds in around it. The language is simple description and the reasons for the changing landscape are not addressed. (It made me wince a little when I read about the Native American boy who grew up and "moved away.") 

The illustrations have a charming Grandma Moses type perspective that inspires careful study of the people and buildings. (I have long been a fan of Karas's wobbly line and sweet characters.) From spread to spread the reader sees the changes that each 25 year interval brings—from 1775 (when the tree is planted by the Native American boy) to 2000, when lightening destroys the tree. An acorn survives to grow where the great oak once stood. 

Review copy from Penguin 

Friday, November 28, 2014

My new favorite book

Adorable and so funny for both kids and adults. (Adults who love Haven Kimmel, this book is for you.)


Read about Abby Hanlon at Seven Impossible Things & Read about Dory at 2014 Seven Impossible Things

review copy from Penguin

Ilonka Karasz

Ilonka Karasz created this lovely artwork in 1938. We're trying to find out what it was made for. Does anyone know? 

...thanks for sharing your images, Jeff!...