Thursday, March 28, 2013

Wounds and Stitches

The graphic novel Stitches is about the life of its writer and illustrator, David Small.  This format and his style of illustration perfectly suit the creepy true tale of the operation that left him voiceless at age fourteen, as well as the cold atmosphere of his homelife which he left at age sixteen.  The 300+ page book is a haunting memoir you won't soon forget.  

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

Children's books

These four books are like action movies--
full of excitement, adventure, and mayhem!
The Strange Voyage of Neptune's Car, written and illustrated by Joe Lasker, is based on a true story about a young girl who saves a clipper ship during a four month race from New York to San Francisco through dangerous storms around Cape Horn in 1856. The tonal illustrations are great for moody sea storm scenes.

Another Perfect Day, written and illustrated by Ross MacDonald, is about a guy named Jack who tastes ice cream for a living and wrestles alligators, flies planes, and battles aliens and robots on his way to work.  The matte paper pages are rich with bold colors and add to the late 30s comic book look.

The Slant Book is a funny rhomboid-shaped book about a baby named Bobby who gets away from his nurse and goes rolling down a hill upsetting everyone and everything along the way.  My copy is a reproduction of the 1910 book that neglects to credit the original author and illustrator, Peter Newell.
The Day the Cow Sneezed, written and illustrated by James Flora, begins with a cow who catches a cold which sends a cat flying onto a goat who crashes into a policeman...until dozens of animals, people, and machines are involved in the mess.  The silly sequence, the expressive animals, and the four-color palette make this book adorable.

Sunday, March 10, 2013