Illustration by Gilbert Ford from "12 Days of New York"by Tonya Bolden. (This lot includes a signed digital print of an illustration from "12 Days of New York" and a copy of the book signed by the illustrator.… read more)
The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the bookseller’s voice in the fight against censorship, has organized an auction. All proceeds will support the Kids’ Right to Read Project, which ABFFE co-sponsors with the National Coalition Against Censorship. Buy Tickets Here!
The deadline for submitting general art is May 1 and for Seuss dedications is May 14.
Recently, I received a copy of A POND FULL OF INK, a collection of nonsense poems written by Annie M. G. Schmidt, translated by David Colmer, and illustrated by Sieb Posthuma.
It's a mystery to me how rhyme originally written in one language can be translated into another, but I'm glad that it was. I can’t judge how close Colmer’s choice of words are to Schmidt’s Dutch. I only know that the combination of text and pictures works beautifully here. Both the poems and the artwork (done in collage, ink and watercolor) have a goofy freewheeling feel. Posthuma’s illustrations (copyright 2011) have a slightly psychedelic 1970s spirit which make them perfect for the poems (originally copyrighted in 1978).
Schmidt and Posthuma excel at inventing whimsically detailed scenes, and the book’s layout is whimsical as well. It starts with heavily saturated endpapers depicting a floating "a" on a black pond, and a little man holding a huge pen. The first poem is about this same “fairy tale author” dipping his pen in the pond. In the last spread the little author is sleeping in a hammock next to the used-up pond. On the back endpapers he has drawn the letter "z." And in between "a" and "z" are elderly otters, walking furniture, a home-invading deer, and bears living in a residential neighborhood. (The meter of “Are you joking, Mrs. Keller?” is so bouncy that it reads like a song.)
The poem “Aunt Sue and Uncle Steve” describes a family living in a “big old oak.” It’s not until you turn the page that you see the tree in its entirety. It has a face and numerous tiny children playing in its branches. Uncle Steve smokes his pipe in one branch and Aunt Sue rocks a baby carriage precariously harnessed from another branch. (“She’s never really worked out how / to park a stroller on a bough.”) A boy rides a swing dangling from pulleys, and ladders are propped to connect the different levels of the home. Crazy, funny details—perfect.
Recently author and illustrator Shadra Stricklandtalked about illustrating PLEASE, LOUISE (written by Toni and Slade Morrison). To illustrate PLEASE, LOUISE Strickland used a wax resist technique with crayon and watercolor washes. She mentioned the work of Bernadette Watts as a "great source of inspiration." Wanting to know more about Bernadette Watts, I followed the link from Kirkus to an interview found here. The interview with Watts is fascinating for many reasons, including her telling of plans to sleep in the Frankfurt train station for the duration of the 1967 Frankfurt Book Fair. (If only libraries were open 24 hours a day.)
With each purchase of the new book Sparky! you'll be entered to win this original painting by Chris Appelhans. The winner will be announced on April 13th. Click here for more info: http://www.gallerynucleus.com/detail/16666