We are so excited about this month’s Book Talk interview! This Sunday, October 16th we won’t have just one illustrator here at The Carle for an interview, we’ll have five! This Sunday join our bookseller Andy Laties and our friend (and one of our favorite customers) Susannah Richards for a lively interview with five amazing picture book illustrators:
These illustrators are just part of the group, The Book Maker’s Dozen, a collaboration of 13 fabulous children’s book illustrators, who share studio space in Brooklyn and help promote each other’s work. Want to see what some of their studios look like? Betsy Bird wrote up a nice photo tour on her blog. Very cool!
Sunday is going to be a full day of fun because after the interview in our auditorium, we’ve invited them all to do story times in our Library and art demonstrations in our Art Studio in the afternoon, along with a big ‘ol book signing outside the Shop. I hope to see you all here!
For our schedule of Book Talk interviews here at The Carle, click here. Was there an interview you missed? Starting next month we’ll be releasing recordings of each of the interviews here on the blog. Stay tuned!
This week’s puzzler is about one of my very favorite classics: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Many (and I mean MANY) illustrators, both of children’s and of adult literature, have paid homage to this adventure story with their own interpretations. We have a fairly extensive collection of different versions of both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking-Glass in our store and I’ve noticed that my own personal collection is getting larger as well. Below I’ve included just a few favorite versions. Can you name each illustrator based on their illustration from Alice in Wonderland? Place your guesses in the comments below and we’ll see on Friday if you’re as big an Alice fan as I am! Good luck!
We’re excited to have the wonderful CactusHead Puppets back at The Carle for a whole week of puppet shows! The performance each day will be Little Red Riding Hood and to celebrate, this week’s Picture Book Puzzler is all images from the familiar fairy tale. Little Red Riding Hood has seen many different interpretations by picture book illustrators over the years. Can you name each of the artists below? Put your guesses in the comments and I’ll be back on Friday with the answers. And if you’re in the area, come by to see the puppet show!
We are incredibly honored and excited to announce that Tomi Ungerer will be attending the opening of his exhibition, Tomi Ungerer: Chronicler of the Absurd, here at The Carle this weekend. We kick off the opening weekend with an intimate Member reception the evening of Saturday, June 18th, with a presentation by guest curator and children’s literature scholar, Michael Patrick Hearn, to be followed Sunday afternoon by a personal gallery tour with Ungerer and a book signing outside our Shop.
This is truly a special event as Tomi Ungerer is coming overseas for his first trip back to the United States in many years and will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many to meet this world-renowned artist. As our director Alix Kennedy points out in the introduction to the exhibition catalog for the show, Ungerer’s American publisher Phaidon Press has cheekily called him, “the most famous children’s book author you have never heard of.” While Ungerer’s picture books were extremely popular in the United States during the 1960′s and Ungerer was a well known graphic artist in New York City, his work is not as well known to the younger American generations. Ungerer, winner of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen award, is still very well known and loved in Europe, with his own museum in his hometown of Strasbourg, France. Together with Phaidon’s republication of many of Ungerer’s out-of-print titles, this exhibition will most certainly inspire new and old fans here at The Carle.
For this exhibition, we’ve picked up everything in print we could get our hands on to sell in our bookstore. This includes all in-print English editions, as well as rare titles in German and French that are still unavailable (or never even published!) in the United States. Click here to browse our selection.
What I love about Ungerer’s work is the respect he gives his child audiences. Words and stories are not watered down. Why use the name tree, when you can say willow? Why say gun, when you can call it a blunderbuss? His well-known picture book characters are not fluffy bunnies, but a boa constrictor, an octopus, a vulture, and a bat, and he makes them lovable, endearing and funny. Ungerer understands that childhood isn’t always rosy and innocent. “Children have to be faced with the absurd,” he says, “because the world is absurd.” Here’s a great video by Phaidon Press of Ungerer talking about this:
Ungerer’s absurd and satirical art often went unappreciated or misunderstood in the United States. In the 70′s he began creating anti-Vietnam War posters and exploring erotic art, causing the children’s book audience to question and even stop buying his work. Ungerer left New York for Canada and then Ireland, where he now lives. For more information, visit Tomi Ungerer’s website (even follow him on Twitter!) or read this recent Q & A over at Publisher’s Weekly or this interview from The New York Times. I’m also excited for the upcoming documentary about Tomi Ungerer, Far Out Isn’t Far Enough, from Fools Day Productions. You can watch a trailer for it here.
In his essay in the exhibition catalog, curator Michael Patrick Hearn says of Ungerer, “one either loves his work or hates it. There is no middle ground.” I, for one, love Ungerer’s work and I think you will too. Hope to see you some time this weekend! And, as always, if you can’t make it to The Carle, order your books online here (include a note in the Customer Note section if you’d like it autographed) and we’ll ship them to you after the weekend.
The fairy tale of Cinderella has been reinvented and re-illustrated many, many times in children’s picture books. Here’s a small selection of versions we carry in the store. Can you identify the illustrator by his or her artistic interpretation of the Cinderella tale? Here’s a hint: One of these artists is featured in our gallery right now! Good luck and I’ll be back on Friday with the answers.
The theme of this year’s festival is Artist to Artist: Celebrating the Creative Process. Guest artists will show their artistic process, from book idea to completion, through presentations, art demonstrations and in a special process exhibit in our Great Hall. It will be a fun-filled day of art activities, story time, face painting, book signings and even a guest appearance by our favorite caterpillar! Putumayo World Music artist Jose Gozalez and Banda Criolla will be performing in our auditorium and delicious food will be provided by Local Burger and Flayvors of Cook Farm. For a complete schedule of the day and information about all of artists, click here.
So, come by June 4th and meet the following illustrators (click thumbnails to be taken to each illustrators’ website):
Diane deGroat and Tomie dePaola,
With all this rain we’ve been having, I’ve been craving a little sunshine. I love all the very different and distinct ways different picture book artists portray the sun in their books. For today’s puzzler, can you name the artist that created each unique sun? Put your guesses in the comments below and I’ll be back on Friday with the answers!
Wow. What a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! World renowned artist Etienne Delessert will be teaching a 3-hour Master Art Class here at The Carle this Friday, May 20th at 9:30 am. Learn from this self-taught artist who for more than 30 years has been translating his-and the world’s-ideas, passions, fantasies and nightmares into the visual language of books, magazine illustrations, posters, animated films, paintings and sculptures. He reaches both children and adults with his imaginary creatures and landscapes, juxtaposing the familiar with the fantastic to clarify this world and create new and lasting universes.
There are still a few spots available in the class. Tuition is $75 ($65 for Carle members). Recommended for experienced artists, ages 16 and up.
Etienne Delessert’s artwork will be on exhibit in our gallery until June 5th and the exhibition catalog and books will be available in our Shop even after the exhibition closes. Click here to browse our complete collection of Delessert books and prints. For more about Etienne Delessert, read this wonderful interview over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, one of our favorite children’s book blogs.
Even if you can’t make this amazing class, you must NOT miss the chance to see this exhibit before it closes! Hope to see you soon!
We’re excited to welcome back to The Carle, illustrator Stephen Savage. I’m a big fan of Stephen’s bold and colorful graphic style of illustration and his newest book, Where’s Walrus? (Scholastic Press) is wonderful.
In this wordless picture book, a walrus escapes from the zoo and leads the zookeeper in a hilarious chase around the city. Each double-page spread reveals the walrus in disguise – posing with mannequins in a store window, painting with artists in the park, or even dancing on stage. Children will love being in on the secret, pointing out walrus when the zookeeper just can’t seem to find him.
You have to check out this wonderful book trailer for the book, featuring the super-cute runaway walrus live in New York City!
Join Stephen in the Reading Library for a special storytime at 2:00 on Sunday, May 15th. Afterward, he’ll be signing his books outside our Shop.
Can’t make it to The Carle? Place your order now to reserve an autographed copy and we can ship it to you after the event. Hope to see you all there!
Happy Birthday to one of our favorite picture book creators, Leo Lionni! He would be 101 today!
Leo Lionni has not only brought the world so many wonderful and beloved characters and books, but he was also a mentor to Eric Carle and has a very special place in our hearts here at The Carle. You can even find his iconic mice in our logo!
You can learn more about Leo Lionni and his special relationship with Eric Carle in an earlier blog post here.
We have a complete collection of Leo Lionni’s books for sale in our shop (everything that’s still in print, that is) so check here to make sure there’s nothing missing from your own personal library?