Category Archives for Pictures & Picture Books

Peter Rabbit @ Easter

An appreciation of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit on his 100th Birthday (from the Los Angeles Times)

22. March 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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The Little Red Hen

Three recent picture-book versions of the story where subtle differences appear in the conclusions (from Parents’ Choice) 

19. March 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Paul(a) Bunyan: Feminist Tall Tale

“Everyone knows about Paul Bunyan . . . but not many people know about Paula Bunyan, his little sister. Maybe ‘little’ isn’t the right word. After all, she was as tall as a pine tree and as strong as a … Continue reading

09. January 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Teddy Bears’ Picnic

”If you go out in the woods today. . . .” (from the New York Times Book Review)

30. December 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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In Praise of the Grinch

“For a person of unblinking honesty, the holiday season (as wonderful as it is) offers plenty of things to hate” (from Parents’ Choice)

25. December 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Adventures of Mickey Mouse (50th Birthday Edition)

 When the mouse in white gloves was heroic and gratuitously cruel, helped pay a widow’s mortgage, and knocked out some bomb-throwing revolutionaries (from the New York Times Book Review)

30. July 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Sendak’s “Outside Over There”

“Outside Over There” is Maurice Sendak’s best work by far (from The Nation)

27. June 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Brian Selznick’s “Wonderstruck”

“Local Author Does Good” (from the San Diego Union Tribune)

27. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling

  “The genius behind simplicity” [from the San Diego Union Tribune]

17. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Hitch Your Wagon to a Star: Recent Children Books

Shaun Tan, Aldous Huxley, Charlie Russell, Diego Rivera May is the month for commencement speeches where, typically, graduates are encouraged to “Hitch their wagon to a star.” While those words are meant to inspire ambition, I want to hijack that … Continue reading

12. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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How Picturebooks Work

Which comes first? The pictures or the text?

23. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Mother Goose

“Baa, Baa, Black Sheep,”  “Humpty Dumpty,” “Jack and Jill,” “Little Boy Blue”… (from the New York Times Book Review)

23. March 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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“I, Chihuahua”: the Skippyjon Jones Books

Ten miles from California’s border with Mexico, a new craze is spreading among the students at the Chula Vista Learning Community Charter School. Enthusiasm for Pokémon is fading, and Hello Kitty is also on the wane. Judy Schachner’s “Skippyjon Jones” … Continue reading

04. March 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

In bucolic Western Massachusetts where Rural meets Academic and Yankee goes Bohemian.

21. February 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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H.M. Brock’s “Beauty & the Beast”

“Beauty and the Beast” is both classic and au courant because–like a melody in jazz composition–it has inspired countless variations and still does. Laughing Elephant Press has put together an edition of the story with the lavish illustrations by H.M. Brock … Continue reading

29. January 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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