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The Nonsense Show

The line between silliness and nonsense is fine but important, with the former largely random and self-generated, like a kid spinning in circles while intoning “I’m HILARIOUS” over and over. Nonsense is trickier: incongruity laid bare by juxtaposition with the world as we expect it to work. And in The Nonsense Show‘s series of eighteen double-page spreads, Eric Carle demonstrates […]

From the Editor – September 2015

I’m happy to be attending the tenth anniversary Carle Honors, which this year honor the contributions to picture books by artist Helen Oxenbury, editor Neal Porter, the Cotsen Library at Princeton, and intellectual freedom advocate Joan Bertin. These recipients are matched in worthiness by the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art itself, founded in […]

Five questions for Eric Carle

In The Nonsense Show, iconic picture-book creator Eric Carle reveals depths of previously unknown daffiness. A human baby sits in a kangaroo’s pouch, a lion is a people-tamer, a mouse catches a cat. Adults will appreciate the matter-of-fact surrealism; kids will simply find the whole thing a riotous hoot. 1. There’s a true three-year-old’s sense […]

Old friends

Had a wonderful day with great friend (and former boss) Betsy Hearne at the Eric Carle on Saturday. Together we led a little lunchtime discussion–I started it by asking Betsy what she found to be most different about children’s books from when she became a librarian in the late sixties and now. She had a […]

Another Belle of Amherst

This coming Saturday, I’ll be introducing my old friend Betsy Hearne at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, where she will be delivering the Barbara Elleman Research Library Lecture. 25 bucks for lunch with Betsy and me at noon; the BERL lecture (hey Barbara–how’s it feel to be an acronym?) is  at 2:00 […]

Review of The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

The Artist Who Painted 
a Blue Horse by Eric Carle; illus. by the author Preschool    Philomel    32 pp. 10/11    978-0-399-25713-1    $17.99 In its simplest interpretation, Carle’s book is about an artist — perhaps a child, perhaps an adult — who paints animals the “wrong” color. There is the titular blue horse, a red alligator, green […]

A trip to the country

Lookit this neat sculpture by Mo Willems currently gracing the grounds of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. Martha, Richard and I had a fine visit there on Sunday. MVP and I were ostensibly shilling A Family of Readers but we mostly took the opportunity to plug some of our […]

Patricia Lee Gauch at the Carle Museum

Speaking on “The Picture Book as an Act of Mischief,” editor and writer Patricia L. Gauch will deliver the first annual Barbara Elleman Research Library Lecture at the Eric Carle Museum on October 22, 2011. To whet your appetites, read Patti’s essay, “What Makes a Good Newbery Novel,” from the July/August 2011 Magazine. It’s adapted from a speech she delivered at the […]

>Field Trip!

>If you’re here for ALA next week and are looking for something to do on the 17th while awaiting the News on Monday morning, I highly recommend this field trip to the Carle Museum in Amherst.

>Don’t miss Lolly!

>A reminder–Lolly’s thing is tomorrow at 1:00PM at the Eric Carle Museum, a beautiful space in the beautiful town of Amherst, MA. I hope to see some of you there.