Saturday, May 30, 2009

Update...

Good news! My sister-in-law Zoe's stolen van was recovered, a bit ransacked, but with no major damage. All her Santa Cruz thrift finds AND my book were still in the van... yay!


I fell in love with this book for its gorgeous melancholy illustrations. It was published in the 60's, my favorite decade in vintage children's books. I'm drawn to the sparse use of color and vaguely haunting images that seem to have been common in children's books of that decade.

Lucas jokes.. ok, "jokes" is probably not the right word... that maybe ALL of Clover's books don't need to be creepy... he may actually have a point there ;)

18 comments:

Skye said...

Good news about the van!

I'm pretty sure I had that book when I was a kid, but I love those really colourful children's books the best - I have a psychadelic Owl & the Pussycat which I really dig.

muchlove said...

I love vintage children book illustrations! These are wonderfully charming. I love the last one especially. It would make a great artwork on the wall.

Liz said...

what the heck??!!
i just tuned in here...stolen van...thrifted goods held captive...oy! i'll have to catch up in the am...

Hannah said...

So glad the van got returned and great book! I wonder why is was that books from this decade tended to veer towards the creepy side..

Also, from the look of these two pictures, don't you think it would make a great animated short film? It would be creepy in the best way!

Manja said...

Oh wow, I am glad to hear that they found the van!

I really like the last picture the most!

Parapluie said...

Oh, I'm happy to hear that! The illustrations are amazing!

Andrea said...

Clover must have quite an enviable book collection :) I really like children's books and illustrations - perhaps I haven't grown up in some way!

These ones do have a haunting and dreamlike quality. They are eerie and quite beautiful and washed out. I think I'm often drawn to those qualities in art.

Glad that the van was found and this great looking book in it!

Hannah said...

Oh hai! You've been tagged!

Alexa said...

That's an absolutely beautiful book. I totally agree about the era. Makes me want to start a collection right now for my soon-to-come little one!

Laura said...

How pretty!!

elena-lu said...

yay for the van being recovered and with your items in there! and i think its only recent decades that kids books ARENT creepy! and some of the tales (nursey rhymes etc) are creepy in theme selves so maybe thats why the illustrations were as well, this book's illustrations are beautiful!

Ashlee said...

good news and pretty illustrations.

a cat of impossible colour said...

Yay, good news!

Anusha said...

Such good news! What a relief that must be for you all.

I absolutely adore '60s children's books (and '70s ones too)! They weren't so PC like the ones today, which I think made for some amazingly original and wonderful artwork for children.

Caroline said...

lovely.

Danielle Combs said...

I love the last picture. Wonderful!

Diane said...

Yay for the van and thrift goodies recovery!!

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