We will be celebrating it’s release at several events in Connecticut this fall; they are listed here.
Or find BLUE CHICKEN here:
… the chicken is seeing stars!
★“Breathtakingly beautiful meta-illustrations will draw many eyes to this tale of a curious chicken who spills some paint… Delicate and durable, visually sophisticated yet friendly: simply exquisite.”
– Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★“The spare, poetic text allows the images to shine… this delightful treat emphasizes the joy of breaking free of conventional boundaries and turning accidents into art.”
– Booklist, starred review
★“Full of surprise and emotion… The book has much to pore over on every page, and children will want to experience the action over and over again.”
– School Library Journal, starred review
A good way to carry your carrots when you pretend you’re a horse is put them inside your shirt. Probably you’ll need a belt or a piece of string around your middle so they don’t fall out when you gallop.
By Ruth Krauss, Illustration by Crockett Johnson
From How to Make an Earthquake, Harper & Brothers, 1954
Ruth Krauss was born on July 25, 1901.
Have I said before that I want to be Ruth Krauss when I grow up?
…in support of every kid’s right to read freely.
The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) will launch its Fund for Free Speech in Children’s Books with a Silent Auction on Wednesday, May 25, at BookExpo America. The ABC auction will feature more than 100 works of art by beloved children’s illustrators, including Barbara McClintock, Jerry Pinckney, Chris Raschka, Lane Smith, Mo Williams. An online preview of the artwork, including the above, is here.
The Illustration Friday topic for May 20, 2011 is SOAKED.
Elephant Entertains Eggplants
The Illustration Friday topic for April 29, 2011 is LESSON.
I know, but… too late to fix anything now.
It’s at the printer. And anyway, my editor seems happy…
Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Secrets: It’s a Secret, by John Burningham; The Secret Circus, by Johanna Wright; The Secret Shortcut, by Mark Teague; The Secret Birthday Message, by Eric Carle; Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter; The Day of Ahmed’s Secret, by Florence H. Parry and Ted Lewin; The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, illustrated by Robert Ingpen.
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
whistles far and wee…
By E. E. Cummings
Suggested Reading, Picture Books About MUD: Mud Book: How to Make Pies and Cakes, by John Cage and Lois Long; Mudkin, by Stephen Gammell; Mud Pies and Other Recipes, by Marjorie Winslow & Erik Blegvad; The Piggy in the Puddle, by Charlotte Pomerantz and James Marshall.
Illustration © Ezra Jack Keats, from The Snowy Day,
first published by The Viking Press in 1962
Today, March 11, is the birthday of Ezra Jack Keats, 1916 – 1983.
I would not, could not, in the fog.
I could not, would not on a jog.
Yes, Blog, but it’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday today, so I thought it would be fun to play again!
That’s very good, Blog! You are so clever!
“If you want to pretend you’re shrinking, that’s all right,” said Treehorn’s mother, “as long as you don’t do it at the table.”
From The Shrinking of Treehorn
by Florence Parry Heide, drawings by Edward Gorey
It’s Treehorn week! Today is the birthday of illustrator Edward Gorey (February 22, 1925 – April 15, 2000), and author Florence Parry Heide celebrates hers on February 27th. She is interviewed about Treehorn here.
She Ate the Pea.
The Illustration Friday topic for February 18, 2011 is LAYERS.
… Then, before Lucie could stop him, Scribble scrambled into a Giant Thicket, where deep within he discovered the Princess Aurora, who had been asleep for One Hundred Years.
And when Scribble saw Aurora’s lovely, drowsy eyes and her rosy cheeks, he thought that she might be what beautiful was, and he longed to rescue her at once…
From Scribble, © Deborah Freedman 2007
© Deborah Freedman
Can you tell a story that starts with one LINE?
Suggested Reading, Picture Books About Lines:
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, Follow the Line by Laura Ljungkvist, Tommaso and the Missing Line by Matteo Pericoli, Lines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman, A Long Piece of String by William Wondriska, and Scribble, by me (Deborah Freedman)!
(Special p.s. to the children at McDonough School: I’m looking forward to meeting you!)