October 24, 2010 |
I am a latecomer to graphic novels. Years ago, my truly literary friends tried to turn me on to the groundbreaking art of the "Sandman" books (Neil Gaiman and various artists) and "Love and Rockets" (Los Bros. Hernandez). I admit I felt about those books the way I feel about great horror movies: I could admire the art, but they did not make my heart sing. When I was editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review in the 1990s, I tried without success to get one or another of those literary friends to commit their intriguing ideas about the emerging world of graphic novels to a piece for the Book Review, but they were apparently keeping their enthusiasms to themselves and their aficionados.
October 11, 2009 |
An angry boy, talking monsters and a six-page, wordless wild rumpus: When Maurice Sendak sat down to write what would become "Where the Wild Things Are," he didn't quite know what he was getting into. "I didn't have a social conscience that I was doing anything different," Sendak, 81, says from his Connecticut home. Mostly, the Brooklyn-born illustrator, then in his early 30s, was excited to tackle his first full picture book. "It was all my own and in full color. It's hard to imagine now, with everyone doing them.
December 18, 2011 |
Cue the flappers, the fringe, the beads and the bobs. The Roaring '20s are back in fashion — on the runways and on-screen. It started in September at the spring 2012 fashion shows, with Ralph Lauren's "Great Gatsby" gowns, Tory Burch's sportswear inspired by Coco Chanel and 1920s Deauville, and Frida Giannini's Art Deco black-and-gold fringed flapper dresses at Gucci. Those clothes won't be in stores for another month or so, and Baz Luhrmann's film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jazz Age novel "The Great Gatsby," sure to be a costume extravaganza, isn't due out until next Christmas.
July 29, 2008 |
The COMIC lunacy of Theodor Geisel's illustrations for "The Cat in the Hat" is light years away from the pale delicacy of Kate Greenaway's 19th century watercolor depictions of idealized childhood. In fact, the 1950s Dr. Seuss classic turned out to herald an explosion in the way picture books portrayed children.
January 27, 2014 |
Kate DiCamillo's novel for young adults, "Flora and Ulysses," is the winner of the 2014 John Newbery Medal, the top honor in children's literature from the American Library Assn . The Caldecott Medal for most distinguished picture book went to "Locomotive" by Brian Floca, and the Michael L. Printz Award for young adult literature went to Marcus Sedgwick's "Midwinterblood. " The annual prizes were announced at the library association's midwinter meeting, held this year in Philadelphia.