Category Archives for Pictures & Picture Books
An appreciation of Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit on his 100th Birthday (from the Los Angeles Times)
Three recent picture-book versions of the story where subtle differences appear in the conclusions (from Parents’ Choice)
“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
”If you go out in the woods today. . . .” (from the New York Times Book Review)
“For a person of unblinking honesty, the holiday season (as wonderful as it is) offers plenty of things to hate” (from Parents’ Choice)
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)
“Outside Over There” is Maurice Sendak’s best work by far (from The Nation)
“Local Author Does Good” (from the San Diego Union Tribune)
“The genius behind simplicity” [from the San Diego Union Tribune]
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
Which comes first? The pictures or the text?
“Baa, Baa, Black Sheep,” “Humpty Dumpty,” “Jack and Jill,” “Little Boy Blue”… (from the New York Times Book Review)
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
In bucolic Western Massachusetts where Rural meets Academic and Yankee goes Bohemian.
“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