Monthly Archives: December 2014

I Know a Lot of Things

by Ann and Paul Rand (Chronicle Books, 2009; originially published in 1956.) You might remember how much I love this pair’s Sparkle and Spin, and this one is just as playful and just as true. That case cover surprise is an a¬†delight, and complementary-colored endpapers start this book with a bang. Paul Rand’s graphic genius […]


by Isao Sasaki (Viking, 1982) I’m not too sure if this book is still in print or not, but I snagged it at a used bookstore in Seattle once upon a long time ago. It was the best six bucks I spent in the entire city. Maybe the best six bucks ever. This book felt […]

The Promise

by Nicola Davies and Laura Carlin (Candlewick, 2014) The Promise is on this year’s New York Times Best Illustrated Books¬†list and I’m so glad it captured a spot. I imagine weeping and gnashing of teeth to pare down a year into a handful of notables, but they got this one so right. Here you have […]