Monday, November 29, 2021

The Wanderer by Peter Van den Ende

Peter Van den Ende

 Looking for a nice gift?  This wordless picture book is mysterious and whimsical and quite beautiful.  For any adult that loves art or any child that loves to pour over picture books.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Boys of Steel

 Admittedly I'm not a comic book aficionado, and I really didn't know the history behind the creation of Superman.  So I found this particularly interesting and even a little sad about the young men who created such a lasting cultural icon.

Boys of Steel
The Creators of Superman
Marc Tyler Nobelman
illustrated by Ross Macdonald 2013

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

It Began With a Page


It Began With a Page
Kyo Maclear
illustrated by Julie Morstad 2019

I am loving Gyo Fujikawa even more with this wonderful picture book biography of her.  Author Kyo Maclear captures Fujikawa's spirit and inspiration even in the face of the obstacles that tried to hold her back.  And illustrator Julie Morstad imitates the sweetness of Fujikawa's style throughout.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Kay Nielsen

 Oh Happy Day!  The mailman brought a Kay Nielsen book to my house and I have been spending all morning drooling over the illustrations.  

Kay Nielsen
An Enchanted Vision

(This illustration for The Shepherdess and the Chimney Sweep, a story by Hans Christian Andersen, was clipped from a magazine when I was a teenager and hung in my bedroom for years.  It was my first introduction to Nielsen.)

Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, and Kay Nielsen are my favorite "Golden Age of Illustration" artists.  We are lucky enough to have some collections of their work illustrating fairy tales and other books, including this beautiful reproduction of Norwegian folk/fairy tales.
East of the Sun and West of the Moon
illustrated by Kay Nielsen

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Let's Eat

 We adore Gyo Fujikawa!  Her books always bring back nice memories of my childhood (I must have had one or two of her books as a little girl) and of my own children when they were toddlers.  The illustrations of children and animals are always so sweet and especially sweet is the diversity of children  that she drew.  

This article from the New Yorker is wonderful and makes me love her artwork even more!

(Also here's a tip, thrift stores always have her books!)

Let's Eat
Gyo Fujikawa

This is a nice sized board book, just right for toddler hands, all about what we eat.