Archive for the ‘illustration’ Category

There are Christmas carols emanating from every pore of every shop in my town. Ordinarily this would make me cranky, but this year I have to do 99% of my holiday shopping online. So it’s time to get crackin’.

For those of you who are in the same basket, I offer some Hot Hints for finding goodies for the kidlit-oriented peeps in your life. My rules for the ideal kidlit gift is that it must be 1. Pretty, and 2. Cheap. Which brings us to this goodness:


It’s the tortoise and the hare! And a whole bunch of what appear to be Starlight Mints with little flags on them! And the hare is wearing a ‘DO RAG! How much better can it get?

This was created by Tara Hogan, who sells her wares through a Etsy site called Ink & Wit. She’s got a whole series prints based on Aesop fables, and a 5″x7″ print (on 8.5″x11″ paper) will run you about $35. There’s some rather attractive stationery as well.

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The Metropolitan Opera is currently showing a new production of Hansel und Gretel, and also exhibiting a collection of art inspired by the folktale. The New Yorker is hosting a gallery of images from the collection, featuring these lovelies:




It’s worth taking a gander at all of them — note the William Stieg — especially after spending a night handing out goodies to kids from the front porch. Good grief, my teeth hurt just remembering it . . .

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