I found this poster many years ago in a gallery in NYC.
I love it.
Now faded and wrinkly…it hangs in my studio.
Always has. Always will.
The Beast and Monsiur Racine is on top of my pile of Tomi’s books.
When I was a studying with Sendak in the mid-70’s, Maurice introduced me to Tomi’s work .
This book is dedicated to Maurice and designed by Jane Byers Bierhorst (amazing book designer who taught with Maurice).
This is the book that made me want to make picture books.
Tomi was a master of the form. It is truly a book that can be read again and again….while always discovering something new in the art. Joyful and absurd. The crowd scenes are wild and wonderful.
It’s because of Tomi, Maurice and Jane that I discovered my passion for this process of creating picture books.
It is a joy spending time with Tomi’s work. All of it. No matter how absurd…and because it is so…
Tomi’s quote is over my drawing table: “ Far out isn’t far enough”.
I imagine Tomi, Maurice and Jane…together…somewhere…”Outside Over There”…filling the “empty space” with something wonderful.
You are missed…thank you…tcp
The documentary: Far Out Isn’t Far Enough, The Tomi Ungerer (2012) is fabulous…but NOT for children!
However, the animated version of The Three Robbers IS for kids and it’s great!
Summer is here. What has she been doing?
She’s been making dummies for a book about me. Lots of them. This dummy is tiny.
It’s just 5 and 1/2 inches. What’s the big deal? Why does it take so long to make a picture book?
Somedays… she walks me to the library. She gets books. I get ear rubs and dog treats.
Happy Summer…WOOF!….from Wilbur
“It’s 2017. I’m waiting for my book. She said she would write a book about me. Instead, she wrote a story about a penguin. I ate the manuscript. She wrote it again. She drew pictures and made a dummy. She sent it off before I got a chance to eat it. I’m hoping her editor doesn’t like it. Then she can get started on my book. For now, I keep looking at her. I think she’s feeling guilty, because she’s drawing lots of pictures of me. I’ll keep you posted”
PS. At least she’s updated her blog.
Elephants shop local on Small Business Saturday…and everyday!
Here they are at their local indie bookseller.
“Do you like my earrings?” asks Elephant.
“Perfect,” says Gracie.
The Awful Aardvarks in the cubbies! They’re ready for school….
THE AWFUL AARDVARKS GO TO SCHOOL
Written by Reeve Lindbergh
Illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson
Hardcover ISBN 0-670-85920-6
Softcover ISBN 0-14-055488-2
Wilbur is on his way to puppy school…First lesson….sit.
Happy start to a new school year!…to kids…teachers…parents…and puppies…tcp
These wonderful elephant drawings were created by young artists at Corl Street Elementary in State College, PA….
Elephant and Gracie are thrilled that everyone is having fun with their book.
Thank you to Mrs. McGann’s second graders for the lovely letters and fantastic elephants!….including a drawing from Mrs. McGann!…I love to see teachers draw along side their students!….This is one cool school!….tcp
Wow…My mailbox is full of kids letters and art…and yesterday a little bit of jazz! …after another visit to another great elementary school in State College, PA.
They were busy at Easterly Parkway Elementary long before I arrived.
The kids were prepped and ready for an author visit.
These students and their librarian, Laura Alterio, were talking about me while I was still home in Vermont! I think I answered their questions in my presentation…but let’s go over these to be sure!…
My favorite art medium?…watercolor…pen and ink…pencil…
My favorite color?…..purple….
Where I live?….Vermont
My hidden talent?…I wonder what that is?….Along with writing and illustrating picture books there are lots of things I like to do…I like to swim..bike…cross country ski…hike….garden…eat…bake…listen to music…travel…draw while I travel…
I love to draw while I’m on subways…I draw fast…I can draw a person if they are on the subway for just one stop….could that be a hidden talent?… …maybe.
My first book?….I wrote a book about a blue bird in 2nd grade and gave it a red construction paper cover…self published… The first book that was published by a grown up publisher…We Wish You A Merry A Merry Christmas….1983
Somehow this librarian managed to get pictures during my presentation…not an easy task…I do not stand still…Thank you, Laura!
…and what about the jazz?
I talk to students about working to music in my studio…the last two books Stan Getz and Miles Davis. A Dave McKenna CD just arrived in the mail from Nichol. She has connections to Dave and his family and thought I might enjoy listening to his music. I love it. I’m listening to Dave as I write this…and enjoying every minute…Thank you, Nichol!
Thanks to Laura and to everyone at Easterly Parkway Elementary…I enjoyed spending the day with fellow readers…writers and artists!…tcp