Need braaains… and nimble fingers

Zombigami

In high Halloween spirits, Cindy, interns Melissa and Caitlyn, and I tried Duy Nguyen’s activity book ZombiGami: Paper Folding for the Living Dead (Sterling, October). After perusing the thirteen zombie-centric projects, we settled on the paper-folding tribute to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller“—who doesn’t love an undead dance scene? And, believe it or not, the two-sheet, forty-plus–step […]

A Halloween treat

how to draw a happy witch

Halloween is coming, which means it’s time to learn How to Draw a Happy Witch and 99 Things That Go Bump in the Night (Sterling, September). In Joy Sikorski and Nick Sunday’s second book about Little Man the cat (How to Draw a Sailing Cat) readers can follow the adventures of Little Man as he […]

Wild rumpus

everything butt art

I can’t draw. You wouldn’t want me on your Pictionary team. I also have a fifteen-month-old, so tushy humor is big right now. For these reasons, Brian Snyder and Alexis Moniello’s Everything Butt Art at the Zoo (Madbrook, May) caught my eye. “What can you draw with a butt? Everything!” Starting with a flattened-looking W […]

Bonjour, Monsieur Tullet!

book with a hole

Hervé Tullet—the French author, illustrator, and ad agency art director known as the “Prince of Preschool”—has been popping up all over the office recently. Tullet’s new book Press Here directs readers to press, rub, shake, and blow on colorful dots which then “transform” with the page turn. Chronicle’s been promoting Press Here with an adorable […]

“I’ll clean up my act when I’m good and ripe!”

Karl Beckstrand’s bizarrely funny picture book Bad Bananas (Premio, June) shows how good bananas go wrong. Fresh from the grocery store, they’re sweet and “conform nicely to the bunch,” but before you know it they’re “borrowing” the fruit bowl for joyrides and loitering in “dimly lit lunchboxes.” The fair trade and organic labels of their […]

Snow day seek-and-find fun

It’s looking like we’ll have a snow day again tomorrow, so we’re loading up on projects to take home. I’ve got a stack of novels, audio books, and blog possibilities set aside that I probably wouldn’t get through in a week of snow days, but hope springs eternal, right? Two new picture puzzle collections from […]

Outside the lines

Lefty press Reach & Teach has published Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon, a coloring book by Jacinta Bunnell and Nathaniel Kusinitz. The “tea, trains and tiaras for everyone!” message throughout is winningly lighthearted, even if such jokes as “Marriage is so gay” (illustrated with a wedding cake topped by two brides) are […]