Tag Archives for Illustrations

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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Berta & Elmer Hader: Bohemian Couple, Picture Book Artists

From a home called The Little Stone House alongside the Hudson River, these artists made weekly trips to New York City to pick up assignments and drop off work; they did close to fifty children’s books. Here’s their story (from The Lion … Continue reading

05. March 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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The Picture Books of David Weisner

More interesting than a marriage between Norman Rockwell and René Magritte   When my friend Matt Harris asked me what I thought about David Weisner’s books, my ignorance was unaccountable. I would later learn that Wiesner was a celebrated a

25. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Discovering Michael Sowa

Children’s books with the surrealism of Magritte’s paintings, only funnier (from Parents’ Choice)

17. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Barack Obama’s Children’s Book

Poor grammar and an unsightly illustration made me embrace the Politics of Hope: I hoped for better (from Parents’ Choice)

13. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Living Toys

For the very young, the whole world is alive–from talking teddy bears to the North Wind (from Parents’ Choice)

04. February 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Last 50 Years of American Children’s Books

“Landmarks in the Last Fifty Years of American Children’s Books” (from Bologna–Fifty Years of Children’s Books from Around the World) 

08. January 2016 by Jerry Griswold
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Whale Watching

When we could, say, be squirrel-watching or cow-watching, why are we especially drawn to–of all God’s creatures–the whale? 

04. January 2016 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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Paris in Children’s Books

For a whiff of the Foreign . . .

15. November 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Origami with Kids: A Day with Robert J. Lang

” Youngsters interested in bugs, computers, math and Rubik’s cubes should be introduced to origami.”  (from Parents’ Choice)

11. November 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Two Touching Christmas Stories

I wear my heart on my sleeve (from Parents’ Choice)

21. September 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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William Steig: Shrek & Co.

He was a kid all his life. As Steig himself insisted: “For some reason, I’ve never felt grown up.” (from Parents’ Choice)

06. September 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

A hard-drinking sportswoman and friends with Ernest Hemingway Continue reading

08. August 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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“The Flint Heart”: Robust Fantasy, Subtle Politics

Which politician is a bully & a narcissist, ignorant & narrow-minded,  ­power-hungry & hardhearted? (from the New York Times Book Review)

08. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Marcia Brown: Tokyo Interview

“We need the stranger to understand ourselves”

06. May 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Nursery Rhymes

For no other reason than they are delightful  

30. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Graphic Novels (& Shaun Tan)

a clash between the super normal and fantasy

29. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Counting Books

At first, numbering seems to require fingers and toes . . . 

28. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Fables: Aesop

Why Aesop’s Fables should be the one literary work sent to outer space to represent us

27. April 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Wizards of Oz

The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, pictures by W. W. Denslow, edited by Michael Patrick Hearn. New York: Critical Heritage Series (Schocken Books), 1983. The Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, pictures by Michael Hague. New York: … Continue reading

22. 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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Leo Politi

While you would expect the publishing wing of the Getty Museum to offer volumes about classical antiquities as well as studies of European paintings, you might be surprised to learn they also publish children’s books. Their recent catalog lists some … Continue reading

06. March 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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Pop-Up Books

In addition to being moveable feats, Pop-up Books are Moveable Feasts. As bookstore owners observe, these kinds of books are flying off the shelves. Deservedly so. We are in the midst of a Golden Age of Pop-Up Books which, in … Continue reading

05. 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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Graphic Biographies

The authors of “The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived” make the case that imaginary characters (King Arthur, Cinderella, Nancy Drew, and others) are more likely to shape our lives than real life folks. I don’t need to be … Continue reading

17. February 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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The Meanings of “Beauty & the Beast”

Jerry Griswold The Meanings of “Beauty and the Beast”  Broadview Press (2004) Using Beaumont’s classic story as a touchstone, this work shows how “Beauty and the Beast” takes on different meanings as it is analyzed by psychologists, illustrated in picture … Continue reading

26. January 2015 by Jerry Griswold
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