As I mentioned in my Best Kid Books of 2010 post, The Kid is a big fan of Ivy + Bean, a series of books about two second grade girls wonderfully written by Annie Barrows and beautifully illustrated by Sophie Blackall. I’ve always loved the illustrations in the Ivy + Bean books; so when I saw on The Urchin Movement blog that Sophie Blackall had been putting pictures to the Missed Connections section of Craigslist for the past few years, I was curious. My curiosity resulted in whiling away my lunch hour on Blackall’s Missed Connections blog and subsequently ordering a print from her Etsy store. Here are some of my faves…
5 points for you if you can guess which of the prints I ordered. Believe me, I was tempted by many of them, and chances are one or two more will probably be mine or will be gifted to dear friends in the future.
A little more sleuthing led me to this NPR story on Sophie Blackall’s Missed Connections work and the Missed Connections party put on by the New York Transit Museum last month for Valentines Day. Cool, huh? Lucky for those of us who can’t just pick one favorite Missed Connections illustration, it looks like Blackall has a book in the works. Lesson learned here is that when I love the artwork in one of The Kid’s books, I should look into the illustrator’s grown-up goings on as well.
Hope you all enjoy checking these out as much as I did.