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The Alphabet that Was Good to Eat June 8, 2014 – Posted in: Alphabets, Illustration

  In  The Alphabet That Was Good To Eat Patsy is having trouble remembering her ABC’s when her imaginary friend Bilo comes up a plan for Patsy to think of something good to eat  that starts with each letter of the alphabet. Published in 1932 by The Harter Publishing Company out of Cleveland the book features a Dick and Jane-style cover design and illustrations by Dorothy Whidden. Here’s a sampling courtesy of Crossett Library at Bennington College.…

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In The Stacks: Rockwell Kent at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art March 27, 2014 – Posted in: Illustration, In the Stacks

Portrait by Carl Van Vechten For this installment of In The Stacks we sample a part of the extensive archive of Rockwell Kent’s papers that reside at the Smithsonian. Kent traveled widely and wrote, painted and drew about his experiences. From Alaska to Greenland to Moscow, Kent and his family immersed themselves in the cultures they visited with each trip providing Kent a plethora of artistic fodder. In 1918 it was a trip to Alaska…

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Playing Cards for the Literary Set February 7, 2014 – Posted in: Illustration

  We’re loving the latest from Madrid-based, book-friendly, illustrator Fernando Vicente. This time around it’s a deck of playing cards for Nordicalibros featuring a slew of literary portraits created over the years by Vincente. Just think of all the new card, and/or drinking, games that await.   Previously on Book Patrol: Portraits by Fernando Vicente Fernando Vicente illustrates The Communist Manifesto In the Stacks: Playing Cards at the Beinecke

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What’s Your Favorite Animal? A benefit for the home for picture book art January 21, 2014 – Posted in: Art, books, Illustration

To benefit the The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Henry Holt and Company and 14 “heroes of picture book art”  have joined forces for the new book, What’s Your Favorite Animal? “The idea of getting some of the world’s most talented and beloved picture book creators to contribute to a book that benefits a museum celebrating the art of the picture book was just too perfect. We could not be more excited to be part of…

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