What designers read to their children
~ 21 March 2006 ~
Of the dozens and dozens of children’s books we’ve bought over the years, none have been purchased solely with a selfish desire to call one my own. Until today, that is.
Everest and I went to the semi-annual book fair at his school this morning. He picked out his two books, same as last time. And then I nearly tripped over the table when I saw this hardcover beauty:
Gorgeously illustrated and cheekily written by Lane Smith, John, Paul, George & Ben is a rare specimen of fine detail among children’s books. Don’t get me wrong — we’ve got plenty of books that are visually inviting. But this one takes the cake.
A few of the spreads:
A closer look at the superb illustration work leaves little to be desired:
To see someone care this much about a children’s book, both illustration and word, makes me giddy. One heck of an investment for only $11 (at Amazon).
Best of all, you’ll have a blast reading this to the little lads:
One day his teacher, Mr. Douglas, asked the class to make birdhouses by gluing macaroni to ye olde balsa wood. Tom happily ignored him and used traditional building materials in a neoclassical design.
Smack me silly. Who’d ever thought they’d read the words “neoclassical design” to a five-year-old?
Guess where this one sits? Proudly on my bookshelf, not the boys’. There’s gotta be other books out there like this. Got any at home?
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