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This is my new favorite thing. Herve Tullet, author/illustrator, has found a new way to be interactive. Or, to be fair, has rediscovered the way in which books are interactive. They just are. Also, use your imagination. In this world of interactive design: UIUX/ipads/iphones/web saturation, he has poked a little fun, not to take the wind out of anyone’s air balloon, but to remind us that print IS interactive.

Thank you, Chronicle Books, for publishing this beauty.

Slipcase! Two books in one!

The book (or, books) in their slipcase

That’s right. The Lego Book. It’s chock full of information on the different sets, collectibles, theme parks, contests, the list goes on. And, I know. THEME PARKS? There are lego theme parks? Wait, I’ve been to that huge Lego store in the Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN. Does that count? This book can tell you. It would tell you so much more, if you’d only let it. I didn’t. I just took pictures, geeking out on the Robin Hood set of my youth, the Spanish Armada my brothers lusted over and finally got. We sank those ships over and over again. By sank, I mean destroyed—methodically or chaotically—either way was fun. What was not fun was stepping on stray pieces left on the floor. Know what I’m talking about? The endpapers of this book do.


Endpapers: That’s What’s Up.

Two books together

Two glorious books together

I loved playing legos with my brothers. And though it was partially about creating things and then destroying them—which we did a lot—it was also about the figurines. They were like dolls. And I had Barbies (well, I did until I gave them to my best friend Morgan in 4th grade to shoot up with his BB gun) to play with, I had baby dolls and teddy bears and whatnot, but I didn’t have little astronauts and knights and pirate captains. And there was something about their little faces, the expressions plastered to their faces, which I loved. There was something about being able to switch out heads and bodies, choosing outfits, choosing genders, choosing professions and even places in time that these little yellow people could exist. Some days, that was better than a damn teddy bear.

Standing Small

This one's about the figurines!


Endpapers are so very pretty

Look at that smirking train engineer! Look at that chef’s perfectly curled ‘stache! Look how the knight and the … is that a lady? Or a male rock star from the ‘70’s? Hard to tell. But look how they have the same face and it’s so charming and perfect! Oh I do love Legos.

The Lego Book, DK, Oct. 2009.


Illustration for a poster

This week’s poster theme is the seven deadly sins. I was assigned wrath. If the poster turns out as cool as my illustration, I’ll put it up.


Partial Illustration for school assignment







This is part of a larger illustration with Kevin Cox to cover some windows at the Gym at my school. Who knows if our concept will be chosen, I just love this guy! He’s hanging out in the sauna, with a big old giraffe head. It doesn’t get any better than that.


Illustration for Book Redesign




This one is not as current, I did it months ago. It’s for a redesign of the wonderful midfiction title What the Moon Saw, by Laura Resau. One of my personal favorites, although I haven’t quite finished this project. Here’s hoping!

Beware the Frog, by William Bee

Front Cover...

Beware of the Frog, Back Cover

... Back Cover

Beware of the Frog, by William Bee is a fun book. I LOVE the dual covers: the minimalist design, the crazed glint in the eye of the frog, the colors. I love the backwards type. This story is a little … well, it’s like many of the picture books I love, in that it’s a little dark and someone perishes in a humorous fashion. I love the wide-eyed silliness that this book possesses.

More pictures from inside:

The ProblemThe SolutionI’ve been AWOL because I have had a ton of homework to do, plus I was really sick. So I’ve been busy. But I’ve got some great books to write about coming up, so we can all look forward to that!

The Red Shoes, by Gloria Fowler, illustrations by Sun Young Yoo

Detail of the cover

It’s the lack of color that makes this book.

That’s a lie; the illustrations are gorgeous, and would be equally gorgeous with a little color. But why gild the lily? The fact that they are illustrations for an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’sThe Red Shoes” and that there is NO RED anywhere in the book except for the book cloth (hidden by the matte white dust jacket) is what makes the whole operation a little cheeky. Not too cheeky, just enough so you think you might find a splash of it somewhere, as startling as blood. And when you don’t, you find you are not disappointed.

The Red Shoes: under the dust jacket

On a really beautiful book, I always peek under the DJ, just in case. This time, I was totally rewarded!

Or I did, anyway. I looked at the cover, and thought, “ooh, I bet there’s like one page of red, or a bit of red on each page.” I got so immersed in the gorgeous lines of Sun Young Yoo‘s illustrations and the absolutely beautiful typography that I forgot to check, and by the time I was done, I realized a trick had been played on me. And I loved it. How important is the color red to this story? Answer: really not at all.

ENDPAPERS! Beautiful.

You can't ignore endpapers this pretty.

Look at the type!


More and more beautyThe Red Shoes was published by AMMO Books in November 2008.

The Tree House, by Marije & Ronald Tolman was an instant hit at the kids’ desk. Another in the wordless book trend that’s been happening, this one is rich in color and imagination. A tree house through the seasons, watch how it changes. I’d love to look at this book with a child and listen to their observations.

Here are a couple of images from inside.  The scale of the book is pretty large for a picture book, so I focused on smaller parts of the whole illustration. This is one you’d really benefit from holding in your hands (although, I say that about every book, to be fair); the quality of the paper is good, there is so much to find in each illustration. These pictures here are some of my favorite things that I found.

Detail, with books

Flamingo Detail

Detail of Sky with Flamingo

The Tree House came out in May of 2010 from Lemniscaat USA.

When we saw the F&G (preview from the publisher, not bound, just Folded and Gathered) version of Little Owl Lost, by Chris Haughton a while back, my boss was mad for it. She showed us all. She wasn’t the only one who liked it, but certainly the most avid about it. I thought it was cute, but nothing out of the ordinary. Great illustrations, to be sure. Good colors, etcetera, etcetera. Just nothing that pushed it over the edge.

When the book came to us in August, however, it was a different story. Was it the spot UV on the cover? The gorgeous quality of the paper inside? This little detail?

It was all of those things. It just proves how important production can be in design. The F&G was just a sample. It was made from some low quality paper stock, it didn’t show the little flip page action, and the cover didn’t have the shiny type. One woman didn’t even remember seeing the F&G. As soon as I touched the real book, started flipping through the pages, I had an instant appreciation for it. It changed so much in my mind from F&G to fruition. An I’m glad it did. Beautiful book. And now I can hold in my hand a reminder why production is important.

I’m going to leave you with this.

How can you resist a tall, pink squirrel?

Candlewick, August 2010.