Have you missed Off the Shelf? I sure have! I’m finally getting around to sharing another little something from my bookshelf. For you newbies, Off the Shelf is when I grab a book off the shelf in my living room … Continue reading
This is what my bookshelf looks like right now. No, I’m not selling my books for plastic surgery money. I’m moving! The hubs and I are relocating, but we’ll still be in the greater San Diego area, so we don’t … Continue reading
Jack and the Beanstalk is definitely more of a boys’ fairy tale, but I couldn’t resist this cute picture book by Jim Harris published by Rising Moon in 1997. He’s taken the story out of storybook land and thumped it … Continue reading
So, for the past few weeks, I’ve been in search of a free dolphin pattern. I couldn’t find anything that matched what I was looking for. I tried making my own, but it was a miserable failure. So, I went into … Continue reading
Check out the cover of this book. Notice anything interesting? No title. No author byline. No illustrator name. No display text whatsoever. Crazy, huh? This wonderful version of Puss in Boots is taken from Perrault’s tale and illustrated by Fred … Continue reading
I’m so excited to tell you about what I found at a bookstore in Phoenix a few weeks back. It’s a copy of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid illustrated by the wonderful Michael Hague.
It was first published by Henry Holt and Company in 1981, but this is a 1994 sturdy hardback edition.
I just love Michael Hague. I don’t pretend to be an expert or anything, but just look at the details. Here’s the Sea King’s palace at the deepest part of the ocean.
And here is the little mermaid astonished by everything she sees at the surface of the ocean.
And here she is playing with the dolphins.
I know it’s difficult to see, but here is a two-page spread showing the prince drowning with the ship. Hague reminds me a lot of Michelangelo — lots of twisted, muscular bodies. Even the women look manly.
Love the rich colors and billowing fabrics here.
It’s time for a heart-to-heart with grandma. Sheesh. Grandma has a great bod.
Again, what wonderful details. This is the mer-kingdom’s court ball.
But the fun and frivolity can’t satisfy the little mermaid. Here, she’s on her way to see the sea witch to bargain for some legs.
Cover your eyes, children.
That poor girl.
What a perfect image of the sisters, when they visit the little mermaid for the last time and give her the enchanted knife.
Here is that clueless prince doing the unthinkable.
And here’s our last glimpse of the little mermaid before she makes the ultimate sacrifice.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
I know I’ve asked this before, but what’s your take on the original version of The Little Mermaid? Too sad? Appropriately realistic? Metaphoric? I’d love to know.
Well, jury duty totally threw my blogging intentions out the window last week. If all goes well, we’ll reach a verdict today, and life will go back to normal for me (and for the parties involved in this trial). Anyhow, … Continue reading
Guys like bathroom humor. Especially farts. Anything with farts is funny. It doesn’t matter if the guy is 12 or 20 or even 34 like my husband. Farts rule. A book about farts = must-read! All that said, it goes … Continue reading
It isn’t often that you find an entire book dedicated to just one of Hans Christian Andersen’s lesser known tales. I found this copy of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” at this great secondhand bookstore here in San Diego, and I … Continue reading
Today’s book isn’t from my childhood, but I wish it was. I pulled it off the shelf because I saw the author’s name: Max Lucado. I had no idea he wrote children’s books in addition to his prolific offerings for … Continue reading