Tuesday, May 22, 2007

BOOKS: "This is the very newest kind of cracker factory."

Design*sponge is one of my favourite design blogs, and it was there that I first read about illustrator and pattern designer Julia Rothman, as well as about one of her side projects: a blog called Book By Its Cover, where she shares some of her favourite illustrated books.

It's a varied collection, combining the beautiful with the retro with the bizarre, organized into several categories. Not surprisingly I gravitated toward the children's stories. I'm glad I did. If it weren't for Rothman's site, I never would have known that Toni Morrison wrote a kids' story called The Big Box -- "about three children who have to live in a big brown box with a door with three locks because the adults think they 'can't handle their freedom'." -- which I think I may have to pick up.


I also wouldn't have learned that J.Otto Seibold, author of the modern classic Olive the Other Reindeer, has written a gorgeously twisted-looking pop-up version of Alice in Wonderland. Also now on my must-get list, especially now that I've tested Sam with other pop-up books and so far he's shown no propensity to tear out every protruding page element.


And finally, if I hadn't visited Rothman's site, I never would have seen this illustration from the book The Lollypop Factory. Finally, we get to see where Millhouse's dad works!

8 comments:

caitlin said...

That cool Alice in Wonderland book is on sale for super cheap ($5.99, I think?) at Chapters/Coles/etc stores. I work at the Book Company at the Oakridge Centre, and we have a few left--other stores probably do to.

(Love your blog, by the way...)

Doppelsis said...

That picture of Alice scars me a little.

Doppelsis said...

I meant to say "scare" but scars will do too.

Marissa said...

The Toni Morrison story originally appeared in Stories for Free Children, the original story column in Ms. Magazine. I have the best-of collection, and I remember that one well, though at the age of seven I certainly didn't know who Toni Morrison was! The collection (also called Stories for Free Children) is an amazing compendium of kid's stories and poems; you should see if you can get it used for Sam!

michelle said...

The Big Box is a terrific book.

Ali said...

Ditto to everyone who has said the story about the big Brown Box is a good one. I also have the 'Stories for Free Children' compliation, and I remember being very thoughtful about that story.

Genevieve said...

Doppelganger, have you seen the incredible Robert Sabuda pop-up books? He has an Alice in Wonderland, a Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and various others including one about dinosaurs. The most fabulous pop-up construction ever, bar none.

landismom said...

The Big Box is great, as is her other kids' book, Mean People. As far as pop-up books go, I'm jealous. The Potato is still into tearing them apart.