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The Fakenham Ghost

The Fakenham Ghost: A True Tale Taken from [Robert] Bloomfield’s admired Rural Poems Published by W. Darton, 58 Holborn Hill, [London], [1813] On one of the blank pages between the text I found the name and date of birth of a presumed previous owner:   And some of her scribbles:  

Jane and Eliza

Many years ago, visiting the Rare Books Collection at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., I came upon this chapbook for children. I immediately fell in love with it and its crude, fascinating woodcuts. I knew I wanted to own my copy, but how can you find another copy of a flimsy little children’s…

Interview with The Illustration Dept.

Here’s my interview with Giuseppe Castellano at The Illustration Department, in which we chat about children’s books, Bosch, Giotto, Maurice Sendak, comic strips, Lane Smith, Alessandro Sanna, etc.  

Three starred reviews for Roar Like a Dandelion

  “An abecedarian catalog of delights. (…) This work adroitly bridges the more-than-half-century gap between two accomplished artists.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review) “Each page offers its own adventure; taken together, the spreads create an irresistible, deliciously subversive invitation to turn one’s back on the tiresome.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review) “With a nod to the fanciful,…

Fox & Chick: End-of-the-Year Lists!

One cannot say Fox & Chick: The Party and Other Stories went overlooked! I am happy to report that the book made it into a bunch of end-of-the-year “best” children’s books, including: NPR Best Books of the Year New York Times Notable Children’s Book Boston Globe Best Book of the Year Publishers Weekly Best Book of…

Two stars and more for Fox + Chick

    “Three stories well suited to both reading newcomers and not-yet-reading listeners. (…) Collectively, these three stories create a profile of an entertaining odd-couple friendship that, if given a few more outings, could make a Frog and Toad–like impression on the picture-book and easy-reader worlds.” —The Horn Book Magazine, starred review “A winning choice as a confidence booster for children…