Thursday, October 9, 2008

Where Picture Book Illustrators come from

Our good friend Elizabeth Dulemba stopped in the store the other day and saw this book on display. Her reaction?

"This is the book that made me want to be a children's book illustrator. I stared at the images for hours wishing I coudl travel into them. Garth Williams is the master!"

She wasn't the only one with fond memories of this--we've sold out (and have more on order), and every sale is to somebody who seizes it off the shelf, yelps with glee, and says "Oh my gosh! My copy of this is falling apart! I can't wait to show this to my kids!"*

The cool thing is how great these reprints are from Golden Books. I'm normally pretty suspect about nostalgia and kidslit, but I've really enjoyed what they've selected to re-release, whether it's classic anthologies like this, or the wonderful Little Golden Books done by artists like Tibor Gergely (love that name!) or legendary Disney designer Mary Blair.

*Not an exact quote. Some people insist their copies fell to pieces years ago. It must be said, different people love their books in different ways--and that's okay.

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