|Apologies for the poor picture quality. Today is not my best day.|
Tidbit 2: This interview with Lane Smith about his latest children's book on NPR's All Things Considered sheds some light on the value of the "weird' in children's books. Says Smith, "I've never subscribed to that theory ... that all children's books should be for all kids. When I was a kid, I liked odd and weird things, and I think I would've been insulted if someone gave me a book with, you know, happy little bunnies and a book on feelings or whatever. So throughout my career, I've always tried to, I guess, challenge the kid and do modern-looking artwork, to use a hackneyed term, I guess."
|Smith's illustrations are reminiscent of Edward Gorey's (www.npr.org). |
The premise of the book? A little girl finds Abe Lincoln's ghost in the White House and updates him on the State of the Union. Weird, but intriguing. Find the book at NPR.
Nighty night all. Don't let the bedbugs bite. ~Alice