Yes, we are slightly obsessed with illustrated children’s
books–especially when they are illustrated by members of our close-knit
Red Cap Card family. Just yesterday, Minh Le (writer and early childhood policy analyst), published a list of fifty of his favorite children’s books of 2015 on Huffington Post. Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson’s storybook, Leo: A Ghost Story, was included in this amazing list, with a mention of another of our Red Cap BFFs, Jon Klassen!
Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett, ill. Christian Robinson
(Chronicle): Despite it being such a strong year for picture books,
between this and Last Stop on Market Street, it still wouldn’t surprise
me if Robinson came away with both a Caldecott Medal and an honor (a
rare feat last achieved by Jon Klassen). While his pages are usually
bursting with color, here Robinson limits his palette to mostly cool
blues, giving Barnett’s clever ghost story a chilled but not creepy
feel. -M. L.
Make sure to click over to Huffington Post to read the rest of the list, or check out Leo: A Ghost Story,here.
The project I’ve been working on the last few months is up, a teaser to promote a new book “The Biggest Story” an adaptation of stories from the Bible for children. https://vimeo.com/135876132 I had the pleasure of bringing to life some beautiful illustrations by Don Clark, while working along side some very talented animators. We’re currently working on animating the whole book which will hopefully be completed later this year.
Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué,
Told to the children by Mary McGregor
Illustrated by Katharine Cameron.
London : T.C. & E.C. Jack.
New York : E.P. Dutton & Co.
- The farewells were said and Huldbrand lifted his beautiful wife and seated her on his horse. He himself would walk by her side.
The three travellers soon reached the leafy shades of the forest.
On one side of the lady walked the priest, clad in a long white robe, while, guarding her on the other side, was, as I told you, the knight. His armour was burnished and his sword was once more girt by his side -
Can anyone explain this passage from The Neverending Story to me?
It runs like this:
“Falkor,” Atreyu asked, “do you suppose the Childlike Empress cares what becomes of Bastian?”
“Maybe not,” said Falkor. “She draws no distinctions.”
“Then,” said Atreyu, “she is really a …”
“Don’t say it,” Falkor broke in. “I know what you mean, but don’t say it.”
And I want to know what they’re talking about. I’ve asked this question before and been told things like “Maybe we’re not supposed to know what they meant by that,” but I feel like there’s one really specific word or concept that must go there and I don’t know what it is. And if I did know, it would make sense, but not knowing, it doesn’t. And it’s been sort of lurking in the back of my mind making me think (but pretty futilely, because I can never come up with the answer to this riddle) ever since I first read the book as a teenager.
So does anyone know what was meant here? Either the word, or the concept even? Preferably a word, but even a concept would be better than nothing.
The Frog Princess.
Watercolour, tempera and pencil on paper.
35 x 52 cm.
Illustrated in the classic russian folk tale ´The Frog Princess’, retold by J. Patrick Lewis and illustrated by Gennady Spirin, Dial Books 1994.
Cat always took baby Fox into his strong arms, and threw him high up into the sky. Cat always kept by Fox’s side. And sang him lullabies when Fox was sad or troubled.
He always told Fox: “Two strong hearts, when in the same beat, can move mountains”
Whenever Fox was in trouble, Cat was always there to help him.
Whether it was being stuck in a tree, or fallen in a river, or tangled up in vines… All Fox had to do was simply to cry for help, and Cat will be there.
As usual, he called out for Cat to help. But this time, Cat didn’t come back. He just left a small seed of a tree.
Fox waited and waited, cried and cried; but Cat was gone. So Fox planted the seed.
He met and played with all kinds of animals….
Fox fought all of the monsters inside and out…
… and overcame all the walls and obstacles.
Sometimes, Fox wonders, how is Cat doing? Does Cat still sing his songs for the other animals in the forest?
Is he still happy, is he free.
He remembers those long lost days when Cat was a hero in his young, naive and innocent eyes.
But Fox had grown, and he understood, that some things were not quite what he thought.
But one day, when the time is right…
… he will find his real hero.
This story is a love fairytale written for adults.
Mr. Fox has always been here, he is you, he is me; he is everyone who has stories and experiences to share. He is my fantasy, my portrait, my source of a little daily dose of happiness, melancholy, or simply some playful thoughts.
I discover my passions and myself through travel, illustration and collecting stories. I love people, culture, philosophy, and pondering over the beautiful paradox of restlessness and settling. I believe it is possible to grow wings and roots together.
Inspired by fire, rain, forests, travellers he meets along the way… and a certain little Cat from Hamburg, I hereby say thank you to all of those sources of inspiration.
Old and famous stories from Panchtantra are the best source to instill good moral values in children from the very beginning. The Pack of small 10 books comes inside a beautiful slipcase, to keep the books safe and complied together.
“ The Sea King’s Daughter”
Watercolour on paper.
41.5 x 59 cm.
Illustration for the dust jacket of the 1997 Atheneum Books edition of the russian folk tale ‘The Sea King’s Daughter’, retold by Aaron Shepard and illustrated by Gennady Spirin.
Jungle Talesis an awesome collection of animal based stories. The tales are based on different animals and their homes. Beautiful and colourful illustrations bring the stories to life. Jungle Tales is more than stories. Its a chronicle of animal-based adventures with lessons. The stories are moral based with something for the reader to learn and carry throughout his or her life.