The 7 New Illustrated Harry Potter Covers Work As One

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. (more…)

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Twas The Night Before Christmas Book Covers on The Night Before Christmas

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. (more…)

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The Phenomena of Goodnight Moon, Its Parodies and Bisexual Author.

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. (more…)

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Mensch On a Bench Gives Elf On A Shelf Some Company.

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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. (more…)

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