— Noted.



Looking forward to this career retrospective of Tomi Ungerer at the Drawing Center, Jan 16 – Mar 22.


On my netflix to-do list is watching this movie:

Far Out Isn’t Far Enough.


Need an intro to Ungerer? Try this interview with Teri Gross.

This quote by Maurice Sendak on Tomi Ungerer captures why:

“I’m proud of the fact that we helped change the scene in America so that children were dealt with like the intelligent little animals we know they are.”


And, this. Kitty-Shaped Kindergarten, which he references in his interview, was designed by Ungerer with architect Ayla Suzan Yöndel. A building where kids walk into the kitty’s mouth and there is a slide in the back for the tail.

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Photos by Adriano A.Biondo, for milkmagazine.net


There are so many brilliant children’s illustrated books out right now. It’s so nice to see that the market is going as strong as ever. Here are a few that make me so very happy.


Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag, by Maira Kalman:
















A quilted and embroidered Mamluk cap, Egypt, late 13th or early 14th century.(Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; Photo by Andrew Garn © Smithsonian Institution)







Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters, by Oliver Jeffers:




















I was really lucky to be able to visit Oliver Jeffers’ studio when this was a work in progress and I saw the book in sketch form. An interview with NPR here about his process, and also there’s this.



Almost Everything, by Joelle Jolivet:
















Maps, by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizielinski:


















(The above two books especially perfect for sparking wanderlust in your little ones.)



The River, by Alessandro Sanna

















And finally, The New York Times just wrote a review on these photography-inspired picture books. I usually reserve any buying until I see picture books in person to know they’re worth owning, but I can’t resist trusting these are going to be worth the keeping.


This Equals That, by Jason Fulford and Tamara Shopsin





While doing some research for work that involves the use of vintage images, I stumbled on this etsy shop that sells original prints from old books. The idea of a beautiful old book being cut up makes me sad, but I couldn’t resist paging through the entire shop. I ended up buying these three, and I have to admit I’m happy that they’ll be beaming boldly on my walls, vs being closed up on the shelf.






I thought this was a photo. It is not. What is it? It’s my neighborhood bookstore, located at 163 Court Street. I have spent many hours inside this place. It is in the same category as manatees, endangered and a little bit mystical but very real. I could be that girl, standing out front.

See more drawings of “The Endangered Bookstores of New York” by Bob Eckstein at The New Yorker.


Loving these recent New Yorker covers:



Fall Library by Tom Gauld, Oct 20



Rainy Day by Christoph Niemann, Oct 6



Untitled, Circa 1967 by Saul Steinberg, Sept 15


Lovely simple animations by Brian Rea and Pablo Delcán for Peter Mendelsund‘s book, What We See When We Read:

What We See When We Read on Vimeo.

What We See When We Read on Vimeo.

What We See When We Read on Vimeo.

Also, curious about this book “Cover” by Peter Mendelsund. (Pun intended?)


From Gael Towey’s new short films series, Portraits in Creativity.




















I am so excited about the latest book from Maira Kalman and Daniel Handler, Girls Standing on Lawns. Because wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to visit the moma with Maira Kalman and ask her what she thinks of all these photos? And it makes me wish I had access to my own family albums, to assess all the photos that were taken of me growing up, all pretty much on the same spot in our yard. And a new item for my to-do list, her paintings on view at the Julie Saul Gallery, ending soon on June 14.

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I’ve collected a few of the books by Nigel Peake. I discovered his work when I was visiting Seattle and obsessively browsing nearly every single book at Peter Miller bookstore. I used to think that knowing about him was a rather amazing secret, but his latest, In the City peeks out at me at nearly every bookshop I go to now—which makes me reluctantly happy.