Saturday, February 14, 2015
Saturday, February 07, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
I loved this little book.
The colorful, detailed illustrations by Jill Weber are a perfect match for this story about a stray cat and the people he comes to love. Story by Julie Salamon.
Review copy from Dial Books for Young Readers. Chapter book, ages 9 and up—read aloud for 5 and up.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Saturday, January 03, 2015
Lots and lots to look at in this delightful winter scene by Belgian illustrator Tom Schamp…
...watch a one minute animated clip of his book, 'Otto In The Snow'...
Thursday, January 01, 2015
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Gustav Tenggren was chief illustrator on Disney's 'Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs', 'Bambi' and 'Pinocchio', as well as the illustrator for numerous, well loved Little Golden Books. Below, his original art for 'The Night Before Christmas'…
and his Christmas card from the 1920's...
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014
Stories of miracles and acts of generosity performed by Saint Nicholas, succinctly told by Anselm Grun, lovingly illustrated by Giuliano Ferri. Luminous.
Review copy from Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.
Preview the book here:
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Beautiful, witty Christmas illustrations by Chuck Groenink, from his latest book, 'Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole, written by Bob Raczka…
and from his book, Boelie's Kerstplan, written by Mathilde Stein….
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Thank you to deniskitchen.com
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." — http://www.deniskitchen.com/
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
Adorable and so funny for both kids and adults. (Adults who love Haven Kimmel, this book is for you.)
by Abby Hanlon
review copy from Penguin