Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dr. Rabbit's Foundling - Tiny Toad amuck!

Occasionally I run across a kids' book that defies previously established levels of cuteness. Cyndy Szekere's work often fits that category. Who can forget her illustrations of fuzzy critters and their adventures for books like Pippa Mouse and The Clumpets Go Sailing, and her own Tiny Paw Library and The Mouse That Jack Built (among many others)?

At the shop, I just put out a copy of Doctor Rabbit's Foundling, by Jan Wahl. It was a great chance to dip into one of her books I hadn't yet had the pleasure of meeting. In this story, Dr. Rabbit comes across a little bamboo bucket and a note from a sad mother. To his surprise, the tiny bucket has a tadpole in it. The weeks pass, and the tadpole grows into Tiny Toad, and boy, doesn't Tiny Toad give the doctor a run for his money! I can't recommend this sweet book highly enough. :)

I've scanned a few pages for you to look at and get an idea of how irresistible the book really is for yourselves! Click on the images to see larger versions.

There is a terrific autobiographical article about Cyndy here:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Stickers! We've got 'em!

Well, it has finally come to pass that we have some super-dandy Green Hand stickers for sale at the shop now! Hooray! Now I have to figure out places to stick 'em. :)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The exotic representative of the Alhambra

Is his smile shy, or coy, or.... ?
Every now and then I come across intriguing cover image choices, and this is definitely the oddest one I've ever seen on a classic Washington Irving book!
Found on an old, petite hardcover edition of Irving's Alhambra originating in Granada, Spain, as published by Editorial Padre Suarez. The cover art is captioned on the front flap as "G. Morcillo: The Prince Ahmed." The book sold for 95 pesetas.