Synopses & Reviews
May the stars drip down light on you,
And you close your eyes to see the moon,
And sleep will pull you through.
May the starlight find you.
Thus begins the gorgeous lullaby andldquo;May the Stars Drip Downandrdquo; by indie rock band Cub Country, now adapted into a beautiful bedtime book with illustrations by the acclaimed cut-paper artist Nikki McClure. McClureandrsquo;s tender and intricate images, inspired by nature and the intense bond between parent and child, perfectly complement musician Jeremy Chatelainandrsquo;s soothing lyrics. An audio download of the song is also included.
Praise for May the Stars Drip Down
andquot;A richly imagined dreamscape in a feat of paper artistry.andquot;
--Kirkus Review, starred review
andquot;Soft, lovely, and just right for a dreamy bedtime read-aloud.andquot;
NAPPA Silver Award Winner
"McClure's (Collect Raindrops) illustrations draw most of the attention here. Using an X-Acto knife and black paper, McClure suggests textures as varied as pea-plant tendrils, falling rain and the softness of a mother's body. 'A day is a perfect piece of time/ to live a life,/ to plant a seed,' Newbery Medalist Rylant (When I Was Young in the Mountains) begins, as a young farm boy ties one shoelace and a hen pecks at the other. In spreads on alternating blue and yellow backgrounds, the boy waters his garden and gathers eggs, but also picnics, naps and, along with his mother and the hen, stretches out on his back to gaze up at the sky. End-on perspective makes their feet, noses and the hen's body the only topographical features protruding from the curve of the horizon. 'Underneath that great big sky/ the earth is all a-spin./ This day will soon be over/ and it won't come back again,' Rylant writes. While children aren't usually moved by messages about fleeting time that's a sentiment adults are likelier to have they'll enjoy Rylant's rhythms and the tenderness of McClure's images. Ages 4 up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
andldquo;Collect Raindrops: The Seasons Gathered is absolutely beautiful in its entirety.andrdquo;
andquot;The text finds simple joys in oneandrsquo;s surroundings, and the consistent use of in versus out drives home this basic concept...McClureandrsquo;s cut-paper illustrations are filled with amazing detail.andquot;
andquot;The coziness and intimacy of childhood will reverberate with children and adults alike.andquot;
This lovely book illuminates all the possibilities a day offers the opportunities and chances that won't ever come again and also delivers a gentle message of good stewardship of our planet. Newbery Medal winner Cynthia Rylant's poetic text, alongside Nikki McClure's stunning, meticulously crafted cut-paper art, makes this picture book not only timeless but appealing to all ages, from one to one hundred.
Gather, Navigate, Welcome, Fortify, Surrender, Save, Listen, Make Mistakes. These are some of the messages renowned artist Nikki McClure affirms in this gorgeous monograph of her paper cuts. Organized by season, these delicate pieces exude an optimism that revolves around community, sustenance, parenting, and appreciating both urban and rural landscapes. McClureand#8217;s work reminds us of the important things: the change of seasons, slowing down the world for a moment so we can actually taste it, looking up at the stars to dream.
This reissue of the 2007 art book includes 64 pages of new, breathtaking art. At a smaller trim size than the original, this volume makes the perfect gift.
I only want to stay in.
In my pajamas.
In. In. In.
For a boy and his toy giraffe, today is the perfect day to stay in. Snug in his pajamas, he reads books, bakes popovers, and plays with a big wicker basketandmdash;that he transforms into a rocket ship to fly in andldquo;innerspace.andrdquo; But soon, the outdoors is too tempting to resist, and he takes his wild imagination into
nature. That is, until itandrsquo;s time to come inside again.
Illustrated with the gorgeous paper cuts for which Nikki McClure is known, In reminds us of the essential childhood pleasures found in an engaged day of imaginative play and exploration, without electronics, scheduled activities, or adults.
About the Author
Jeremy Chatelain has toured the world as a musician with a number of different bands, and today he is the driving force behind indie rock band Cub Country. He lives in Salt Lake City with his family.Nikki McClure is the author and illustrator of Collect Raindrops; Mama, Is It Summer Yet?; To Market, To Market; Apple; and How to Be a Cat; and is the illustrator of All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant. She lives in Olympia, Washington. Visit nikkimcclure.com.