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Where the WIld Things Are : One of My Favorite Children’s Books


When thinking about a favorite children’s book of mine, there really was only one that stood out among the rest…Where the Wild Things Are. Way back when I was a little monster I fell in love with this book. Really what is there not to love? Monsters, check, trouble making, check, kid in wolf pajamas, check! Maurice Sendak wrote several books, but this masterpiece was first published in 1963. His efforts were rewarded with a Caldecott Award in 1964. This book has been adapted in many different ways, from short films, to live action feature length movies, to operas and plays. Not to mention some of the more creative products that I have such as, t-shirts, bobbleheads, statues, prints, and a French version as well.

Where the Wild Things Are is a story about a young boy named Max, who causes trouble and is sent to his room without any dinner. While in his room very unhappy, Max’s imagination runs wild, and takes him on an adventure with the Wild Things. There he befriends monsters, wins them over, becomes their king and has a wild rumpus. After growing tired of the monsters, Max escapes and returns home to find his supper waiting for him, still warm.
What drew me into this book, was the thought of a young boy and his imagination having an adventure together. Maurice Sendak does a masterful job with creating a story with his words, but his iconic illustrations to me are the real star.

Rooster-ROOSTER

This was a real quick project. Rooster, ROOSTER!! It’s for an activity sheet for an organization. The feathers will be placed on later by the kids playing. This is why they are separate.

I’ll probably make a coloring sheet from one of the rejected sketches! I heard folks are feening for Roosters these days.

To see more of Wilson’s work go to:
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ChildrensIllustrators.com

The Little Prince : One of My Favorite Children’s Books

My list of favorite children’s books is quite long (no surprise there), but one that really stands out is The Little Prince. Published in 1943, written by French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s. According to Wikipedia it has been translated into 190 languages and sold more than 80 million copies.

The Little Prince

I received The Little Prince as a gift for Christmas a looooong time ago! The picture above is the original book. It is in both Spanish and French. I remember thinking that the illustrations were simple and the story quite plain. It was some boy on an asteroid taking care of the asteroid and a rose. No big deal, right?

However, it was not until a few years passed and I read it again that I began to capture the deeper meaning of the book. I fell in love with it. It the kind of book that lifts you up when you are down and shows you that you can find happiness if you seek it. It is one of those books that grows on you and that you can read every year and find more beauty and wisdom leaving you with a reflective feeling.

Do you want to learn more about The Little Prince?

  • Here’s a teaser from the TV series (in French):

  • You can check out the book from your local library or find it at your local bookstore. You can also buy it online.
  • You can also choose to listen to the book narrated by Richard Burton by downloading it from iTunes.
  • If you are a major fan and feel compelled to have items with The Little Prince you might consider visiting the online boutique.
  • If you haven’t read the book. Don’t hesitate…go read it!

 

One of my Favorite Children’s Book-Flotsam by David Weisner

I think most kids, adults and artists have more than one favorite Children’s Book. This can be for any plethora of reasons. The memories it evokes. The worlds it opens  your imagination to. The fact that the main character reminded you so much of someone you knew, maybe you?

One of my favorite books is like a Master Class in storytelling and world building. The Author/Illustrator of this book is a five time Caldecott honoree; three Caldecott awards and two Caldecott honors, David Weisner. The book in question is the children’s book masterpiece, Flotsam.

Flotsam, David Weisner

I came across this book after in an effort to read every Caldecott award recipient since it’s inception. I checked it out from the Library and could hardly bear to return it. It was so rich and full of depth and imagination that it left me in awe. One of the more amazing aspects of this was the fact that there isn’t a single word in the book. It was entirely wordless.

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