Books for All Ages

Lots of crappy children's books exist. These are not those books:


The Movable Mother Goose by Robert Sabuda (Illustrator)

This is the pop-up book to end all pop-up books! I have his other books, The Christmas Alphabet and A B C Disney but this one is the best. You'll want to rip it apart to figure out how he gets paper to spin, flip, and roll.


The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories By Tim Burton Hardcover - 115 pages

A fabulous collection of very short tales all written and illustrated by Tim Burton. One of my favorites: "Brie Boy." "Brie Boy had a dream he only had twice, that his full round head was only a slice. The other children never let Brie Boy play...but at least he went well with a nice Chardonnay."


Santa, My Life and Times: An Illustrated Autobiography by Martin I. Green, Bill Sienkiewicz (Illustrator), Santa Clause Hardcover - 128 pages

This rather lengthy book is non-stop illustrations. The story tells the history of Santa from his childhood to today, with lots of strange and unexpected characters, like the Snow Gryphon (!?)


The Perfume of Memory by Michelle Nikly, Jean Claverie (Illustrator) Hardcover - 40 pages

Jean's illustrations are so light and soft, like a tray of French patisseries. I first discovered him in Paris and was very disappointed to see that his books were not as widely available here in the US. The long proportions of this particular book make for some really interesting compositions. Click on the picture to go to Amazon.com where you click to see a large picture of the cover art.


The Art of Eric Carle by Eric Carle Hardcover - 125 pages

Eric we love you and your hungry caterpillars! A fun book showing the range of his work AND how he does it.


Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss, Jack Prelutsky, Lane Smith (Illustrator) Hardcover - 40 pages

Dr. Suess (Theodore Seuss Geisel) died before this book was finished. The job was completed by Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith using the sketches and notes left by Dr. Seuss. The best part is the second half of the book which contains several pages of Dr. Seuss' original rough sketches and notes for the book.


Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (Illustrator)

Another Lane Smith creation. This is just as entertaining for bigger and littler people. Perhaps the first post-modern classic.


Santa Calls by William Joyce (Illustrator)

Unfortunately out of print, but still available in lots of stores if you look around. This is my most favorite of all of William's books.


The William Joyce Scrapbook by William Joyce Hardcover - 48 pages

Even more William Joyce! It's worth it just for the pages showing his home decorated for Halloween and Christmas. William also created "Rolie Polie Olie", an animated TV show; and provided designs for Pixar's "Toy Story" and "A Bugs Life".


Going to the Getty by Vivian Walsh (Contributor), J. Otto Seibold Hardcover - 32 pages

There are many Seibold books (Mr. Lunch, Money Business, Olive, the other Reindeer) I just picked this one because it was more unusual (a children's book about going to the Getty Museum?). Seibold has his own site where you can get all sorts of stuff including books personally signed by him. Visit Jotto.com and see his characters in animated gifs.


The Little Flower King also available in Spanish as: El Pequeno Rey De Las Flores by Kveta Pacovska, Anthea Bell (Translator) Hardcover - 34 pages

I absolutely love Kveta's work! (But I have no idea what kids think of it.) Her books always feature pages with holes and little flaps to open and such. I don't think she sells well though, I'm always finding her stuff in the clearance section. There is also an Art of Kveta Pacovska book available.


Favorite Stories by John A. Rowe : 3 Complete Tales : Peter Piglet, Baby Crow, Smudge by John A. Rowe Hardcover - 96 pages

One of my all time favorite illustrators. Excellent sense of design. John Rowe has illustrated several books, this one is a great bargain because it has three in one.


Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Lisbeth Zwerger (Illustrator) Hardcover - 104 pages

Ms Zwerger is what it's all about. I just can't get enough of her character's vacant mannequin like expressions. She also has a fabulous Art of book.


Zoom by Istvan Banyai Hardcover - 64 pages

OK, you all have "Zoom" but did you know about Re-zoom and R.E.M. Rapid Eye Movement?