friday feast: a disturbing new fashion trend, or, i’ve finally gone totally bananas

"Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana." ~ Groucho Marx


Blame it on Lisa Schroeder. While working on her pub day post this week, I was accosted by banana heads. 
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chatting with joan yolleck: paris, painters, poets, and baby brioches


When I first discovered Paris in the Spring with Picasso this summer, it was definitely love at first sight. 

The title alone conjured up blissful images of a city bursting with creative energy, teeming with artists and bohemian types meeting at sidewalk cafés and salons, everyone in love with life and each other. Add to that dreamy vision Majorie Priceman’s wildly exuberant, free-spirited art, and I was a goner before alighting on the first page.  


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this is just too cool . . .

#25 in an ongoing series of posts celebrating the alphabet.

source: inhabitat

the alphabet carved from pencil leads!

This just might be the most amazing alphabet set I’ve ever seen! I have to thank Tanita Davis for the heads up on Dalton Ghetti, a 49-year-old carpenter from Bridgeport, Connecticut, who obviously has the patience and acute artistic acumen of a saint.

Apparently he does these amazing carvings as a hobby; sets like the one above can take him years to complete, and the only tools he uses are a sewing needle, sculpting knife and razor blade. No magnifying glass!
source: inhabitat

Currently he is working on a project related to the September 11 attacks. Ever since 2002, he’s been carving a teardrop every day, and plans to do 3,000 of them, in honor of every person who died. Ultimately, they will collectively form one large teardrop. He estimates it will take him 10 years to complete.

To see and learn more about his incredible work, click here and here.

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soup of the day: little chimp’s big day by lisa schroeder and lisa mccue


Hey, wild thing: grab a vine so we can swing through the jungle! We’ve got the perfect excuse to go totally bananas today, because Lisa Schroeder’s third book this year, Little Chimp’s Big Day (Sterling, 2010), is officially out! 

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soup of the day: never ever talk to strangers! by anne marie pace


Oh boy! Today we get to do one of my very favorite things — celebrate the publication of a first book! Woo-Hoo!

I’m happy to be able to congratulate fellow Virginia author, Anne Marie Pace, on the official release of Never Ever Talk to Strangers (Scholastic, 2010)! You can see by the cover why the ursine kitchen helpers are especially tickled by this charming picture book. Yes, they love that the main character is a bear, but they also like what Jamie’s story teaches them about stranger danger.

Jamie is all excited about the Super Safety Expert badge he receives after hearing Officer Crane’s talk at the school assembly. Over a tasty snack of grapes and milk, he tells his mom, "Strangers are people you don’t know. If a stranger talks to you, you should yell and run away."

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