New Blog URL

February 17th, 2014 by Eliza Eliza

Hello, Friends! Our ShopTalk blog has moved to a beautiful new site!

Come visit us at http://carlemuseum.org/blogs/shop-talk and be sure to update your blog subscription readers, if you use one. Please excuse our appearance as we shift past blog posts over to the new site. It may take us a while to get all the images and links updated for past posts on the old site, but you won’t want to miss a thing with our new upcoming posts!

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2013: It was a 10!

January 6th, 2014 by Eliza Eliza

We give top marks to 2013 – the year of The Carle’s 10th anniversay! It was amazingly busy, packed with exciting events and exhibitions. We were so lucky to have such a stunning line-up of author and illustrator visits throughout the year, as well as puppet shows, theater performances, lectures and presentations and so much more. I thought it might be nice to take a little look at the year with some photos to remind us of the art, books, and good times we shared.

Let’s start today by looking back at 2013′s exhibitions:

BeyondBooks

Photo by Sandy Soderberg

We started out the year with Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle, which opened our eyes to Eric Carle’s special art projects that falls outside of his more widely known picture book art. The exhibit showcased everything from poster and book cover design and name collages to theater costumes and sets, abstract paintings and photography.

IconicImages

Illustration from TILLIE AND THE WALL, Knopf © 1989 by Leo Lionni. Collection of Lionni Family

In celebration of our 10th Anniversary we created the exhibition Iconic Images: Ten Years of Collecting for The Carle. It sampled original art from The Carle’s permanent collection including pieces by Leo Lionni, William Steig, Ludwig Bemelmans, Maurice Sendak, Margot Zemach, Petra Mathers, Arnold Lobel, Rosemary Wells, Ashley Bryan, Simms Taback, Jerry Pinkney, and Trina Schart Hyman. Truly a stellar cast!

Charlotte'sWeb

Photo by Sandy Soderberg

Some Book, Some Art: Selected Drawings by Garth Williams for Charlotte’s Web celebrated the 60th anniversary of the classic book by E.B. White by showcasing original illustrations by Garth Williams, as well as unpublished preliminary sketches. Like, Wilbur, the exhibition was TERRIFIC!

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In March, we welcomed the exhibition, Latino Folk Tales: Cuentos Populares Art by Latino Artists. This multi-illustrator show featured the picture book art from stories and folktales collected from many Spanish-speaking regions, such as Mexico, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central and South America. We were also lucky to host two of the featured artists, Lulu Delacre and Raúl Colón, for events at The Carle.

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Illustration (c) 1980 by Eric Carle

Celebrating Eric Carle’s passion for nature and animals, The Art of Eric Carle: Feathers, Fins and Fur was a selective survey of Carle’s illustrations of animals. From birds to bears, from ocean to land, this was a fun look at animals of all kinds.

Art from A GARDEN OF ORDINARY MIRACLES © 2012 by Robert R. Zakanitch [Universe Publishing]

Art from A GARDEN OF ORDINARY MIRACLES © 2012 by Robert R. Zakanitch [Universe Publishing]

The spring also brought us Robert R. Zakanitch: A Garden of Ordinary Miracles, an exhibition that celebrated the beauty of all growing things. The original art from this perhaps previously unknown “alphabetical ode to nature” stunned and captivated everyone.

Photo by Marty Ulmans

Photo by Marty Umans

We eagerly awaited the summer opening of Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems (on exhibition until February 23rd). Comprised of nearly 100 works, this exhibition showcases the wide range of the prolific Mo Willems, including original picture book art of iconic favorites such as The Pigeon and Knuffle Bunny, as well as rare process pieces and innovative sculpture.

Friends

2013 was quite the special year indeed, as Eric Carle added yet another beautiful book to his growing canon. Friends is a celebration of friendship and childhood expressed in Eric Carle’s iconic and colorful tissue paper collage illustrations, accompanied by a poetic story of a child’s imaginative journey at play. Newly published only this November, we were given the rare opportunity to preview the original artwork in the exhibition, The Art of Eric Carle: Friends before the book’s official worldwide release. (We knew a guy). On exhibition until March 23rd.

Leave Your Sleep

In November we opened our current Central Gallery exhibition, Barbara McClintock and Natalie Merchant: Leave Your Sleep, a collection of original artwork from the poetry compilation created illustrator Barbara Merchant and singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant. On exhibit until May 4th.

What a year! Working here, often I love an exhibition so much, I really hate to see it go. It’s like saying goodbye to a friend. On the 0ther hand, knowing one show must go so another can arrive, gives you something to look forward to. And there’s so much to look forward to in 2014! Exhibitions of Bernard Waber’s Lyle the Crocodile, Simms Taback, Harriet the Spy and Madeline are all on my just-cannot-wait list. It’s going to be another good year. Stay tuned for a quick glimpse at the wonderful events that made 2013 so special.

Happy Holidays from The Carle

December 24th, 2013 by Eliza Eliza

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Museum in Snow

Happy Holidays from all of us at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art! Stay warm, be merry and share a book with someone you love. See you on Thursday!

Our Favorite Things – Part 4

December 22nd, 2013 by Eliza Eliza

We’re back again with more of our holiday gift recommendations, hand-picked by the staff at The Carle. Earlier this week, we shared Sylvia’s current favorites, my own holiday must-haves and Julie’s favorite things. Today we bring you Chris’s picks for great holiday gifts from The Carle Bookshop.

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1. ABC3D by Marion Bataille $19.95

Unlike many of the pop-up books we love to look at, what stands out as special about ABC3D is not it’s complex or intricate engineering. In fact, it’s the sculptural simplicity of the way each letter transforms itself that makes this ABC book practically a work of art.

2. Alice in Wonderland Tote Bag $18.00

Of all the wonderful shirts and totes we sell, my favorite tote is the tote bag with the image of Alice, from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, sitting with the March Hare and Door Mouse on the front side of the tote and featuring the Mad Hatter and March Hare on the back. The images are from the original illustrations by Sir John Tenniel which depict Alice exactly as I have always imagined her; a little girl with plenty of gumption and even a little attitude.

3. Plow a Field Limited Edition Signed Print $125.00

I love all of the Eric Carle prints displayed on our shop walls, but the one I’ve grown to like the most is the one which says “You Cannot Plow a Field by Turning it Over in Your Mind.” It’s such a profound statement. I would like to have it hanging in my home so I could be reminded of its message every day.

4. Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian $17.00

On of my favorite things is the book Snowflake Bentley which won the Caldecott Award in 2007. This is the true story of William Bentley who discovered two great things about snowflakes; “first, that no two are alike, and second, that each one is startlingly beautiful.” What an interesting fact; that in the seemingly infinite number of snowflakes which have fallen or have yet to fall, no two will ever be exactly alike – each and every one is completely unique. Wow!

6. You Can Make a Collage: A Very Simple How-To Book by Eric Carle $30.00

One of my very favorite things in the store is this collection of tissue papers for making collages. There are eight different color ranges each containing nine uniquely styles sheets of tissue paper in Eric Carle’s characteristic style. There are also some simple instructions from Eric Carle about making collages. I can recommend this item personally as I’ve had the pleasure of working with these wonderful papers to make my own collages.

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Want to create your own wishlist? Create an account on our Shop’s website and keep track of all your favorite things. Share the unique link with others if they need a little hint or create a whole registry for an upcoming party or shower.

 

 

 

Our Favorite Things – Part Three

December 20th, 2013 by Eliza Eliza

We’re back again with more of our holiday gift recommendations, hand-picked by the staff at The Carle. Earlier this week, we shared Sylvia’s current favorites and my holiday must-haves. Today we bring you Julie’s picks for great holiday gifts from The Carle Bookshop.

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1. The Wonderful Art of Oz Exhibition Poster $11.95

This poster was from our stunning Wizard of Oz exhibition, which collected artwork from so many iconic different illustrated editions of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and other Oz books into one stunning show. A special favorite is the Charles Santore edition and this poster of the poppy field is especially striking and adds a great pop of color and whimsy to any room. Also available as limited edition signed print.

2. Very Hungry Caterpillar Plush Playmat $44.95

A super-soft and adorable mat is the perfect place for baby’s tummy time or toddler storytime. A soft, safe place for exploration and play and cozy enough for naptime. It comes in a reusable plastic tote with handles for an easy storage and travel.

3. Frederick and His Friends Treasury by Leo Lionni $24.95

This treasury of classic Leo Lionni books is a must-have for every child’s library. In one volume, you can read four of Lionni’s best-known classics Frederick, Swimmy, Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse, and Fish Is Fish.

4. Goodnight Moon Bodysuit $22.00

A cotton bodysuit featuring artwork from the classic bedtime picture book. Available in four sizes, up to 24 months. Every purchase send one book to a community in need. Pair with the book for the perfect baby holiday gift.

5. Very Hungry Caterpillar Dish Set $21.95

This 5-piece dish set comes with a sectioned plate, bowl, cup with sippy lid, fork and spoon, featuring the busiest of all eaters – Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Perfect for ages 6 months and up. A cute and practical gift!

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Want to create your own wishlist? Create an account on our Shop’s website and keep track of all your favorite things. Share the unique link with others if they need a little hint or create a whole registry for an upcoming party or shower.

Our Favorite Things – Part 2

December 17th, 2013 by Eliza Eliza

Each day this week, we’re letting you sneak a peek at what is on the holiday wishlists (either for friends, family, or ourselves!) of The Carle Bookshop’s staff. Who better to let you know what’s the cream of the crop when it comes to picture books? Yesterday, you saw Sylvia’s picks and today, I can’t wait to show you my favorite things from The Carle Bookshop.

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1. Jon Klassen Print – Animal Sweaters $32.00

Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen beautiful picture book, Extra Yarn, was just about my favorite picture book last year. Fierce yarn-bombing Annabelle, armed with knitting needles and a magic box of never-ending yarn, created a magical sweater covered town – animals and all. It’s so hard to pick just one of the images (more available here) but it’s hard to pass up this stoic bear wearing a sweater (a nod to another favorite, Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back).

2. The Maggie B. by Irene Haas $18.95

A favorite picture book of mine from 1975 that you may have missed. You’ll wish you could spend a night at sea with Margaret on her tidy and cozy ship. Busy cooking, cleaning, gardening, looking after her brother and the ship, not even the roughest storm can ruin this adventure. You can read a longer review that I wrote in praise of this book here.

3. How To by Julie Morstad $16.95

A book for any age, this picture book is a gorgeous “how-to” manual for celebrating the simple joys and challenges in life. From flying kites (“how to see the wind”) to enjoying a rainstorm (“how to wash your face”), from learning how to be brave, how to use your imagination, how to create art, and most importantly, how to play. Morstad’s whimsical illustrations and text remind adults to bring a bit of childlike energy into our lives and encourages children how to be themselves.

4. Madeline Long-Sleeve Fleece Shirt $42.00

I cannot believe the fleece lining of this sweatshirt. It just may be the softest thing on the planet. It’s the perfect kind of cozy for keeping warm during a New England winter. Now you can be warm and show your children’s book pride with this sweatshirt featuring cover art from the 1939 classic, Madeline. The scoop neckline makes this fashionable and flattering for ladies and the best part is that the purchase of this shirt sends one book to a community in need. Now that’s a real holiday gift!

5. Nikki McClure 2014 Calendar $16.95

Confession: I’ve already bought myself this calendar. I get myself Nikki’s calendars every single year and they have become a staple in my kitchen. Her papercut artwork is out-of-this-world detailed and beautiful and it makes me so happy to be able to rotate the scenes of nature and every day life each month with this calendar.

6. Day Glo Neon Gel Sticks $8.95

Way cooler than highlighters, these gel sticks are silky-smooth on paper like an oil pastel. You can use them for art projects (looks fabulous on black paper, too!) or as a highlighter. They twist up so its easy to use the whole product and they come in a pretty snazzy reusable case. Nothing like neon to brighten up a dreary winter day!

A Few of Our Favorite Things

December 16th, 2013 by Eliza Eliza

It’s not uncommon to hear customers at the cash register gush something along the lines of, “How can you contain yourself working here? I would go broke each paycheck because I’d want to buy out the store!” It’s true that when you love children’s books as much as we do here, it’s very hard to budget your purchases. It certainly helps knowing you can see all the books again at work the next day!

This time of year, though, we allow ourselves some splurges in the name of gift giving. So the staff of The Carle Bookshop has put together a list of a few favorites and will let you sneak a peek at what is on our holiday wishlists (either for friends, family, or ourselves!).

Today’s Wishlist: Sylvia

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1. A Penguin Story by Antoinette Portis $17.99

Everybody loves penguins. The penguin craze that began with Happy Feet and March of the Penguins seems to resurface every year at wintertime, much to my delight. If you’re looking for a truly charming book for your little penguin-lover, this is it. It follows the adventures of Edna, the penguin who’s looking for something more than the black and blue and white of her frost-covered home, and eventually finds it in something new, exciting–and red. With beautifully simple illustrations and bold colors, this unique penguin story brings warmth and joy to the season.

2. A Wrinkle in Time T-Shirt $28.00

If you’ve already got Madeleine L’Engle’s groundbreaking series, why not own a t-shirt to go along with it? This comfy cotton tee, which comes in adult and ladies’ sizes (S-XXL) commemorates the ultimate sci-fi/fantasy children’s book. The 50th anniversary edition cover art is stylish (and, for any Vertigo fans out there, very Hitchkockesque) and is sure to spark conversation about the beloved classic. Plus: purchase of the shirt sends one book to a community in need. If I could travel through a tesseract, I’d buy it yesterday.

3. Very Hungry Caterpillar Pastel Blankie Toy $10.95

The softest of soft materials were used to make this toy/blanket combo. (If I could, I’d make a sweater out of the same stuff.) Keep your baby cozy and happy with this cute takeoff on Eric Carle’s beloved little bug. It even contains a jingle bell for added enjoyment — and holiday cheer!

4. The Illustrated Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White, illustrated by Maira Kalman $17.00

The classic writer’s guidebook, but with a splash of color! Maira Kalman’s witty captioned paintings are the perfect companion to Strunk & White’s instructions — and they help you remember the difference between lie and lay.

5. Knuffle Bunny Plush Toy $25.95

Fans of Mo Willems’ Caldecott Honor-winning book can’t help but smile at the misadventures of Trixie and her oft-misplaced Knuffle Bunny. Stuff your children’s stockings with their very own huggable companion! Whether it’s ‘Nuffle’ or ‘Kuh-nuffle’, this bunny is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Want to create your own wishlist? Create an account on our Shop’s website and keep track of all your favorite things. Share the unique link with others if they need a little hint or create a whole registry for an upcoming party or shower.

The Pigeon Gets a Hat!?

November 24th, 2013 by Eliza Eliza

Yes, the Pigeon has a hat. And now, so can you.

Pigeon Hat

In celebration of our exhibition Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems (on view until February 23, 2014) we’ve collaborated with Mo Willems to bring you this stylin’ hat, that is, unlike the Pigeon, impossible to say NO to.

Available in kids and grown-up sizes. The perfect gift for your book-loving friend, teacher, family member, and of course, yourself. $20 each, available only from The Carle Bookshop. Thanks, Mo!

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And while you’re at it, why not round out your children’s book hat collection with a cool Caterpillar cap, as well? For more Mo Willems products, including a complete selection of books (we even have some autographed ones left!), toys, clothing and accessories, check out our online shop.

 

 

FRIENDS is here!

November 19th, 2013 by Eliza Eliza

Eric Carle’s newest book, Friends, officially goes on sale today! You can purchase a copy of Friends from us either online here or come and stop by our Shop in Amherst, MA and say hello! With each purchase of Friends, we’re giving away a free 8″ x 10″ specially-designed mini print (as supplies last, of course).

Friends is a celebration of friendship and childhood expressed in Eric Carle’s iconic and colorful tissue paper collage illustrations, accompanied by a poetic story of a child’s imaginative journey at play.

If you visit The Carle anytime between now and March 23, 2014 you’ll be lucky enough to catch our current exhibition: The Art of Eric Carle: Friends which showcases original artwork from the book.

Eric Carle continues to amaze us (and he’s in his eighties, remember!) with such beautiful books. I immediately fell in love with the giant full page spreads of various nature scenes – the purples and blues of a distant mountain, the abstract green strokes that create the feeling of a sunny, dewy meadow, or the cheerful brightness of a flower garden – as the boy goes on his journey. This book has such sweet meaning to Eric Carle, explained in the end, about a long-lost friend in Germany, and is dedicated to Eric Carle’s very own best friend – his wife, Bobbie. To learn a little more about the book from Eric Carle himself and to get a sneak peek at the beautiful illustrations, check out this video below.

 

 

Fall’s First Employee Picks

September 22nd, 2013 by Ari Ari

Today is the first official day of fall! So, here’s a treat from us here at the Eric Carle Museum Bookshop:

OUR FAVORITE BOOKS!

Or, some of them. Have you read them? You should! Check out what our book enthusiasts are saying about these special picks.

Meredith:

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown (2013, Little Brown)

Roar! Mr. Tiger is tired of being polite and proper all the time. And then he has an idea… A wild take on the Just-Be-Yourself story.

Eliza:

Ben’s Trumpet by Rachel Isadora (1991, Greenwillow Books)

The sounds of jazz come alive in Isadora’s black and white illustrations – from the fast vibrations of drums to the zigzag brass notes of the trumpet. Inspiration to all to just play.

Ari:

Chalk by Bill Thomson (2010, Marshall Cavendish)

Chalk may be wordless, but it is every bit as exciting as our own imaginations. Just try to picture what would happen if all of your drawings came to life…

Julie:

Swine Lake by James Marshall & Maurice Sendak (1999, HarperCollins)

This is not your typical pig story. First, there’s dancing pigs. Yes! It is a bona fide bovine ballet production. Top it off with a sneaky low-brown Wolf and watch the humor ensue. Join the dancing, intrigue, or even the audience and witness a change of heart.

Ariel:

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Rivalry spurs on two bakers to discover who is the cleverest maker! This is a fun, rhyming tale filled with round shapes and bright colors. Just remember, sometimes the simplest things are the sweetest!

 

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