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Little Lit Strange Stories for Strange Kidsby Art Spiegelman
Synopses & Reviews
The second groundbreaking anthology from the New York Times best-selling team of Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly is here! The everyday world is turned upside down and the ordinary becomes extraordinary in this collection of the strangest tales. From Art Spiegelman's The Several Lives of Selby Sheldrake to Maurice Sendak's Cereal Baby Keller to Jules Feiffer's Trapped in a Comic Book, these stories are sure to entice any young reader. Also included are comics and features by Ian Falconer and David Sedaris, Paul Auster and Jacques de Loustal, Crockett Johnson, Richard MGuire, and Barbara McClintock, a puzzle by Lewis Trondheim, and make-your-own comic-book endpapers from Kaz, Little Lit: Strange Stories for Strange Kids continues the tradition of bring the pleasure of books and reading into the hands and minds of kids.
"This one-of-a-kind treasury features favorite tales with a fresh twist and new adventures, serious lessons, and silly confections. Little Lit's comic-book format encourages kids to read." Book-of-the-Month Club
Innovative cartoonists and renowned children's book artists from around the world bring readers the magic of fairy tales through the wonder of comics.
Seven clever stories answer one simple question: whatandrsquo;s in the box?
Funny, fantastic, spooky, and suspenseful, each of these unique and beautifully illustrated short graphic works revolves around a central theme: a mysterious box and the marvelsandmdash;or mayhemandmdash;inside. Artists include middle school favorites Kazu Kibuishi, Raina Telgemeier (Smile), and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), as well as Jason Caffoe, Stuart Livingston, Johane Matte, Rad Sechrist (all contributors to the groundbreaking comics anthology series Flight), and upcoming artist Emily Carroll.
Praise for Explorer: Mystery Boxes
andquot;An outstanding out-of-the box anthology from renowned comics veteran Kibuishi. With eye-popping full-color art and palettes ranging from candy-colored to ethereal earth tones, this is both a visual feast for the eyes and a healthy helping of thought for the soul. Superb.andrdquo;
andndash;Kirkus Reviews, starred review
andquot;Coherent for all its variety, there will be something here for most readers.andquot;
andndash;School Library Journal, starred review
andquot;This standout anthology will leave its audience with a fresh appetite for more from both the series and the individual contributors.andquot;
andndash;The Horn Book
andquot;Award-winning comics creator and editor of the celebrated Flight anthologies, Kibuishi offers yet another great anthology geared toward middle-school readers. Always clever and never boring, these diverse stories run the gamut from creepy to sarcastic to witty to cute to Zen to wacky to thoughtful. While the pieces feature different artists and styles, each one is complete and so well composed that the transitions from one to another do not seem jarring or out of place. A great introductory title for young or struggling middleschool readers starting to explore the world of graphic novels.andquot;
From the New York Times best-selling team of Art Spiegelman and FranÇ oise Mouly comes the second groundbreaking anthology of comics artists and authors from around the world. This all-star, award-winning, international line-up of twenty contributors have collaborated to create and bring together the most bizarre and strange stories around. From Art Spiegelman s The Several Lives of Selby Shelby to Maurice Sendak s Cereal Baby Keller to Jules Feiffer s Trapped in a Comic Book, these stories are sure to entice and enthrall any young reader. Comics and features by Ian Falconer and David Sedaris, Paul Auster and Jacques de Loustal, Crockett Johnson, Richard McGuire, and Barbara McClintock, a puzzle by Lewis Trondheim, and make-your-own comic book endpapers from Kaz. Little Lit: Strange Stories for Strange Kids continues the tradition of bringing the pleasure of books and reading into the hands and minds of kids. Look at all the great praise for the first Little Lit: Folklore and Fairy Tale Funnies! And it was a New York Times Children s Best Seller!
About the Author
The Pulitzer prize winning author of Mausand Maus II, Art Spiegelman was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and grew up in Rego Park, New York. He is also the co-founder/editor of RAW, the acclaimed magazine of avant-garde comix and graphics and the illustrator of the lost classic The Wild Partyby Joseph Moncure March. Spiegelman's work has been published in more than sixteen languages and has appeared in The New York Times, Village Voice,and Playboy, among others. He has been a contributing editor and cover artist for The New Yorkersince 1992.
Spiegelman attended the High School of Art and Design in New York City and SUNY Binghamton and received an honorary doctorate of letters from SUNY Binghamton in 1995. He began working for the Topps Gum Company in 1966, as association that lasted over twenty years. There he created novelty cards, stickers and candy products, including Garbage Candy, Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids. He began producing underground comix in 1966, and in 1971 moved to San Francisco, where he lived until 1975.
His work began appearing in such publications as East Village Other, Bijouand Young Lust Comix. In 1975-76, he, along with Bill Griffith, founded Arcade, The Comic Revue. His book, Breakdowns, an anthology of his comics, was published in 1977.
Spiegelman moved back to New York City in 1975, and began doing drawing and comix for The New York Times, Village Voiceand others. He became an instructor at The School of Visiual Arts from 1979-1987. In 1980, Spiegelman and his wife, Francoise Mouly, started the magazine RAW, which has over the years changed the public's perception of comics as an art form. It was in RAW that Mauswas first serialized. In 1986, Pantheon Books published the first half of Mausand followed with Maus IIin 1991. In 1994 he designed and illustrated the lost Prohibition Era classic by Joseph Moncure March, The Wild Party. In 1997, Spiegelman's first book for children, Open Me ... I'm a Dogwas published by HarperCollins.
Art Spiegelman has received The National Book Critics Circle nomination in both 1986 and 1991, the Guggenheim fellowship in 1990, and a special Pulitzer Prize in 1992. His art has been shown in museums and gallery shows in the United States and abroad, including a 1991 show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
He and his wife, Francoise Mouly, live in lower Manhattan with their two children, Nadja and Dashiell.
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