Posted in January 2013

Alphamorphabet by Jay Palefsky

Alphamorphabet by Jay Palefsky

Palefsky holds court as a true artist, with a style that is a mix of surrealism and comic book art. Owls become a parade, shoes become a shoe critic, cats become dogs, and houses become butterflies. The idea and execution are immaculate and awe-inspiring. Continue reading

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Wanda Gag: Nothing at All, 1941

Wanda Gag: Nothing at All, 1941

Nothing at All is Wanda Gag’s 1941 Caldecott Honor book about an invisible puppy.  Invisibility suits him fine until the day that he needs to be seen.  Before that day, though, his sweet tempered brothers give this very cool justification for believing he exists even though they can’t see him: “We can’t see the wind … Continue reading

The Funny Thing, 1929

The Funny Thing, 1929

One funny thing about The Funny Thing is that it is actually funny. And funny in exactly the way it means: funny weird. But it isn’t the actual Funny Thing, the “aminal,” who is all that weird. In fact, he’s vain, gluttonous, and selfish in a way we can all recognize as belonging to a … Continue reading