For the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the United States, Scholastic commissioned Brian Selznick, author and illustrator of Caldecott Medal-winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret, to reimagine the cover art for the entire Harry Potter series. Read more
A look at at a bunch of different style illustrations for bound versions of Christmas’ most famous poem, A Visit From Saint Nicholas, aka The Night before Christmas (with or without the “Twas”). From old engraving style illustrations through midcentury modern style illustrations to computer generated images, take a look at these interpretations of the famous Clement Clarke Moore story. Read more
Today I’m going to enlighten you about the phenomena of the children’s storybook Goodnight Moon, its parodies and bisexual author. I would suspect that anyone reading this post has either owned, read the classic children’s book Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown or has had it read to them. And there’s a reason for that. Beyond the charming illustrations* and the catchy, easy-to-read prose, the book was breakthrough for its time. It has continued to entertain generations since its publication because, unlike other children’s books published in the 30s and 40s, it was about ‘the present’ as opposed to being about some 19th century Princess. Nor did it preach life lessons like Aesop’s fables, ordinarily a turn-off to children. Read more
Originally I was going to title this post “Mensch On A Bench Gives The Elf On A Shelf Some Competition.” but given the relatively small amount of Jews and the growing number of mixed marriages, ‘company’ was a more appropriate term for the new holiday combination book and toy. Read more
Chomp puzzle books are designed to teach kids about basic food chains. Crafted of wood and paper, each beautiful puzzle book introduces a different level of a food chain in its environment; Forest, Ocean, Arctic, Jungle, and Desert. All food chains include, producers, consumers, and decomposers and each plays a role in the chain. When completed, the puzzle shows the eating process.
Beautifully designed and packaged, the set of books was a design project by student Mirim Seo for Temple University’s Tyler School of Art under the tutelage and with art direction by Professor Kelly Holohan.
At this time Chomp is not available for purchase, which is really disappointing, but hopefully the puzzle books will be paired with the right backer to bring this project to life. May I suggest Kickstarter?
The classic children’s book, Goodnight Moon, has been more parodied a few times, one of my favorites being Goodnight Keith Moon. The latest to turn the illustrated children’s tale “Goodnight Moon,” written by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd and first published in 1947, into a version that resonates with our contemporary world, is Goodnight iPad. Written by Ann Droyd (a pseudonym) with charming illustrations by David Milgrim, the book is a version for today’s generation, living modern-day lives filled with products we power up. Read more
I was thrilled to learn that director/writer Dean Fleischer-Camp and comedienne, writer (and Marcel’s voice) Jenny Slate have produced another short film starring the lovable and quirky Marcel the Shell With Shoes On. Read more