Thursday, August 19, 2010

My Favorite Children's Books 3

This next book is the last one but most importantly it's the one that made the biggest impression on me. I finally found it through one of the local libraries. The first thing I did when I opened it up I took a big breath to smell that old familiar smell. Of course, you know what I mean. It's that musty, comfortable scent that takes you back.

Below I've included the pages that really hit that old childhood nerve. These pages delighted me and haunted me. It's hard to describe but it is truly wonderful. This book is wonderful. And if I could find it without paying an arm-and-a-leg, I'd buy it.

Suppose You Met A Witch
By Ian Serraillier
Illustrated by Ed Emberley

As a child I definitely had a fear of
drowning after seeing the image below.

I was definitely glad that nasty, old witch got
her comeuppance but it was quite a ghastly way
to go. Later on, a farmer sets a match to the thistle
hedge that the witch is tangled in.
"And that was that."

Monday, August 16, 2010

My Favorite Children's Books 2

Here is another children's book that made a big impression on me as a kid. Once again, I had no idea of the title, author, or illustrator. I could only remember that there were some very odd creatures and monsters in the book. I remember copying the illustrations of some of the weirder creatures as a kid. I recently read these books to my nieces who are 3 and 4 years old. As I read to them I realized that these books were pretty horrific and that many of the latest kids books I've seen recently are pretty tame.

Grandpa's Ghost Stories by James Flora

I imitated the image below in my own drawings as a kid. I found the cross section of the cave fascinating. To be able to see inside and out of the cave was genius.

The image of below is something that disturbed me a kid and still does.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

My Favorite Children's Books 1

Recently, I've thought about children's books that I had vague memories of. I couldn't remember the titles, authors, or illustrators. The only thing I could remember were certain illustrations that stuck with me these 30 plus years (give or take). These illustrations had made an impression on me as a kid and probably were a gateway into my interests in artwork and other things.

I challenged myself to try to hunt these books down and identify them. Remember, I was only going on vague memories of illustrations. That's it. No names or titles. My first step was to go to the public library I frequented as a kid. I went through their entire Easy-Reader and Juvenile sections. I didn't find any of the books but I did come across one book that featured illustrations of a similar style to one of the books I was searching for. I took down the illustrators name and did a search online and came up with the following book.
One Monster After Another by Mercer Mayer
As a kid I was interested in anything that involved monsters. That's still true today. Below are some of the images that have stayed in my mind all of these years.
Check out these pages that feature a Lovecraftian horror.This image is from the stuff of nightmares. I love it!