The illustrate your own story books are the brain child of a lovely, young Parisian publishing house called Supereditions whose books have funny and charming text… but no pictures! This is where your budding artist comes in with their own elaborate illustrations.
"Last night, I was in my bed something very strange happened..."
"Emile is a brave little boy. He’s not afraid of spiders. Even those that are really big and really hairy and have very mean and beady eyes ..."
"A fairy is always elegant and wears magnificient multicouloured dresses ..."
"The other day, at the cafeteria, I had a sausage with broccoli on my plate ..."
The year is 1959, and strange events are brewing in Paris, a city where nothing (and no one) is as it seems.
We meet Will, who hails from Detroit and works at an international advertising agency, which is also a front for the CIA. Then there's the enchanting Zoya, who could cast a spell with her looks—and, as a witch, she often does (she also recently impaled her ex on a spike).
Inspector Vidot, on the other hand, is a hardworking police detective who cherishes a quiet evening at home. Until he follows a lead on a particularly gruesome murder—and finds himself turned into a flea. And the adventure wouldn't be complete without Oliver, a fun-loving American patrician who has come to Paris to launch a literary journal with the support of certain secretive friends.
Add a few chance encounters, a chorus of angry witches, and a weaponized LSD program, and you have Toby Barlow's Babayaga: a wickedly sharp tale of the City of Light that's part love story, part thriller, and pure brilliance.
Henri Matisse's abstract cut-outs are used to teach colors in this polished read-aloud board book. Blue & Other colors takes children through Matisse's color palette, one artwork per page, beginning with blue and returning to it as a familiar refrain throughout. The variance of shapes, depth, and scale will keep readers engaged, while the text enriches the reading experience with relatable and humorous commentary. Readers will not only learn their colors, but also grow familiar with fine art in this relevant and relatable first title in this series of concept books featuring the most innovative and influential artists. Includes a read-aloud "about the artist" at the end.
The Book With No Pictures shows young readers that not every book has to have pictures to be fun. It will delight children as they share the reading with their parents and they'll love how Mom and Dad end up making extremely silly noises and saying some wonderfully weird things.
Written by writer, actor, comedian and director B.J. Novak (best known as Ryan from the American version of the Office - you know, the one who started the fire...), this is a book that is both disarmingly simple and impressively imaginative at the same time.
With the simple mantra 'Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say', parents should be warned that this a hilariously tongue-twisting way for children aged 3 and over to learn just how much fun they can have with the written word.