Category archive: books

April 18, 2014

Coming Out As Pregnant

The NY Times has a brief excerpt of nice butch lesbian A.K. Summers' graphic memoir of coming out as pregnant. I hope it includes some thoughtful and entertaining lessons about how having a kid changes how we see ourselves...
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April 15, 2014

J.G. Ballard For Kids Happened, And Should Happen Again

Techno-dystopian bears aren't just for Kubrick anymore. As this cartoon from Tom Gauld's 2013 book, You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack shows. I would totally kickstart a collection of J.G. Ballard-inspired Adventures of Ballard The Bear, though. I...
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April 3, 2014

The Story Of Colors By Subcomandante Marcos

In a 1994 memo to the Mexican people, Zapatista rebel leader Subcomandante Marcos told the story of the Mayan gods bringing colors to the grey world, colors which are contained in the tail feathers of the macaw. Until Ted...
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March 28, 2014

We Go To The Gallery Is Awesome, Facing Insane Copyright-Fueled Doom

Here's another Kickstarter I'm slow to write about, and this one is facing dire consequences. Artists Ezra and Miriam Elia's critique of the contemporary art world is called, We Go To The Gallery. It's a parody of the Ladybird...
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March 27, 2014

Q Is For Queens On Kickstarter

I'm slow sometimes, and maybe If I'd written about it last week, there would have been more suspense involved in Amol Sarva's Kickstarter project to create Q is for Queens, an illustrated alphabetic roadtrip through New York's third borough....
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March 26, 2014

The Velveteen Rabbit Never Forgets. Never.

I've never liked The Velveteen Rabbit. It feels like it's been coasting into new bookcases based on pure saccharine grandparental nostalgia for decades. But now I'm terrified of it. Mallory Ortberg has ripped the happy facade off another vintage...
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March 17, 2014

It Gets Whiter: Kids Books After The Snowy Day

Ezra Jack Keats' The Snowy Day was one of my favorite books growing up. It wasn't until I was a parent myself that I realized how extraordinary it was, and that before Keats' success, there had been almost no...
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March 16, 2014

It Only Feels Like Forever: On The Passage Of Time In Goodnight Moon

If Burrito Justice had stopped at documenting the clock in Clement Hurd's illustrations for Goodnight Moon, and created this animated gif, and determined that bedtime took a freaking hour and ten minutes [!], it would have been enough. But...
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March 9, 2014

Maurice Sendak's Rosebud: Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping Ladder

In 2008, Maurice Sendak told the NY Times about how the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and the sensational trial that followed, freaked his 4-year-old self right out, and generated an anxious fascination with the incident for the rest of his...
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March 5, 2014

Math Is Hard, Let's Go Shopping For Math Books

"5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus," says a math education researcher with a book out about teaching calculus to 5-year-olds. I'm all for it, and I'm quite ready to believe that the traditional way the math education system is set up,...
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February 19, 2014

McSweeney's McMullens Kids Books Look Gifty, Promising

McSweeney's has created a children's book imprint called McMullens. Except for an egregious non-adherence to standard usage rules for apostrophes, McSweeney's McMullens books look well-done, thoughtful, and like they would make great gifts. McSweeney's certainly thinks so, because they...
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February 18, 2014

Malebøker Is Norwegian For Coloring Books

Norske Malebøker is a gorgeous-looking anthology of vintage Norwegian picture, activity, and coloring book illustrations, assembled by Einar Økland from his own collection. 50 Watts has a typically amazing selection of images in a rich and beautiful variety of...
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February 12, 2014

The Runaway Bunny: No Escape

Mallory Ortberg's insidious rewrite of The Runaway Bunny is so terrifyingly awesome, it might finally break that damn book's treacly stranglehold on our culture. Deep down, I know Margaret Wise Brown would approve. You KNOW Clement Hurd does:"If you...
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January 30, 2014

Hey, Mommy Writes, Too

Wow, it turns out becoming a parent totally upends lady writers' lives and creative practices, too, not just the dads'. Go read up on dad/writer Shane Jones' creative struggles, then take in Vogue's Q&A with Jenny Offill, whose second novel,...
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January 29, 2014

Daddy Writes

Shane Jones has a very thoughtful essay in The Paris Review about writing and fatherhood. It makes me wish he'd write another that picks up where he leaves off, and that thus deals a decisive blow to his troubled premise,...
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A Children's Treasury Of The Holocaust

Bedrich Fritta was a Jewish Czech artist forced to produce construction plans and diagrams for the Nazis. His son Tomas was one when the family was sent to the Theresienstadt ghetto. Bedrich made unauthorized drawings, too, documenting and criticizing...
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January 26, 2014

DT Advertiser Shoutout: Macmillan Kids Book Sweep

It may be coincidence, or it may be because Daddy Types' readers are great connoisseurs of bedtime reading, but all the ads on DT this week are for kids' books from the Macmillan family of publishers. A big shoutout...
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January 19, 2014

Les Jeux d'Enfants Cookbooks By Michel Oliver

I lost this link, and then I just found it. Which is awesome, because this 1966 book, La Patissierie est un jeu d'enfants/Mkaing French Desserts & Pastries is Child's Play, written and illustrated by Michel Oliver, who was then...
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January 7, 2014

What This Blog Post Suggests To Replace The War On Bottle Feeding With Will Astound You

"Breastfeeding: Was there ever a golden age?" asks the BBC headline, because the answer is obviously no. "We talk about the golden age where everybody breastfed, and that age never happened," says Suzanne Barston, author of Bottled Up: How...
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January 4, 2014

The Artists' Colouring Book Of ABCs, For Kids Company

original drawing for cover by Bob & Roberta Smith The artist coloring book has crossed the pond. boxed, hardcover limited edition, with Chapman bros. silkscreen Last month Kids Company, a London charity that provides a range of basic services...
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December 10, 2013

Vladimir Nabokov, At-Home-Dad

I knew he was an uprooted aristocrat, a refugee, and a serious amateur lepidopterist. But nothing prepared me for the shocking revelations about the home life of one of my favorite writers. From Jason Edward Harrington's review of Andrea Pitzer's...
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November 26, 2013

Some Old Keith Haring Coloring Book

Hmm, whatsat? Oh, just Mondo-Blogo findin' OG Keith Haring coloring books while pokin' around in old studios, NBD. you never know what you will find when cleaning out an old studio! [instagram]...
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November 20, 2013

Be The 4 Millionth Person To See This Awesome Goldieblox Commercial

I heartily endorse this event and/or product. Which turn out to be Goldie Blox building toys and books. How are these? Would boys like these? [amazon] A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER UPDATE: WTF you have got to be kidding...
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November 11, 2013

Goodnight Loon: Make It Happen, People!

OK, this counts as a major scandal, at least in Minnesotan terms. I've seen Abe Sauer tweet about Goodnight Loon, a Northwoods parody of Clement Hurd and Margaret Wise Brown's perennial classic, for a week now, and I just...
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October 1, 2013

Alexander Calder's Fables of Aesop

In 1931, Alexander Calder was at the height of his fame in Paris, known for his Cirque performances and his wire dessin portrait sculptures of his fancy friends. It was the year he began making and showing the abstract...
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September 30, 2013

Damien Hirst ABC Boardbook

From the Department of Things I Might Have Been Somewhat Excited About At One Point, At Least As Blog Fodder, But Now Would Be Happier If It Never Existed: it's an ABC boardbook by Damien Hirst. Of course D...
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September 24, 2013

Because Their Favorite Word Is 'I'

This just in, here is Texas Senator Ted Cruz conducting a fake Obamacare filibuster of pre-negotiated length and no import, reading Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham to his daughters, via the C-SPAN cameras, from the Senate floor: And in...
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September 6, 2013

My Little Sonny: Parenthood Is Magic

Matt Duron kicks some stereotyping ass in The Atlantic as he tells of raising his girly son:To me, loving a child who is different, a target and seen as vulnerable is my role as a father and decent human being....
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September 5, 2013

The Eric Carle Museum Of Eric Carle

Look, we have all the books. And like every preschooler everywhere, I'm sure, my kids have collaged their very own Brown Bears™ or whatever during Hungry Caterpillar Week™. But literally, every time I see or hear the name, The...
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September 4, 2013

Outside The Lines: Artists Mega-Coloring Book By Souris Hong-Porretta

LA art/style/culture blogger Souris Hong-Porretta has spent the last couple of years pulling together an epic-sized artist coloring book, and now it's done. Outside The Lines has coloring pages from over 100 artists--119, actually, I just counted--and it looks...
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August 30, 2013

Beowulf For The Kids

At the library yesterday K2 said she wanted "a scary book." None came to mind, and "scary" not being a category in the library's shelving system, I just defaulted to the fairy tales section. And so we came home with...
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August 27, 2013

MAK Daddy Types

So I knew that MAK in Vienna was doing a DIY exhibition, the first ever, as far as I could tell, based on Victor Papanek & James Hennessey's groundbreaking DIY bibles, Nomadic Furniture, but I admit, I'd lost track...
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August 26, 2013

Baby Names Of Wackiness: Where Are All The Pynchon Baby Names?

So yesterday I met some friends' new kid, who they successfully named Atticus. And today in the apparent publicity run-up to the release of his new novel, Bloody Valentine, I read NY Magazine's latest stalker-bio of Thomas Pynchon. And I...
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June 29, 2013

My First Kafka, By Matthue Roth & Rohan Daniel Eason

One morning, when Greg the blogger woke from troubled dreams, he found My First Kafka, and it all worked out awesomely. Matthue Roth has adapted three stories by Franz Kafka into one children's book, illustrated by Rohan Daniel Eason,...
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June 23, 2013

Christian's Heroes Coloring Book

(1/2) best sidewalk furniture ever! a coloring book party on 8th Av (unfortunately had to decline invite to sit in)— James Wagner (@wagnerblog) June 24, 2013 (2/2) the book party was for "Christian's Heroes Coloring Book" - March sidewalk...
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June 13, 2013

Made By Dad, By Scott Bedford, A Book Of Kid-Related Projects, Some Involving A Blowtorch

Non-minimalist illustrator and maker Scott Bedford has been blogging up all kinds of interesting kid-related projects at And now he's got a book. Made By Dad is a bunch of toys, furniture, gifts, and whatevers you can make...
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June 10, 2013

Where The Depressing Things Are

On the late author/artist's 85th birthday, Google has created a Maurice Sendak-themed logo: And the NSA is releasing the full, unedited version of Sendak's wonderful, touching phone interview with Terry Gross from 2011. image: Twitter user @7im, aka Tim Dickinson's...
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Mother Goose Is English For Mere l'Oye

Until I read Christine Jones' article, I basically didn't know anything about Charles Perreault, whose 1697 collection Histoires ou contes du temps passé , Stories or Tales of Passed Times, was eventually translated into English with the title from...
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May 28, 2013

Orbis Sensualium Pictus, The First Picture Book For Kids

Did you know that the first picture book designed for children was published in 1658? I did not. Orbis Sensualium Pictus, or The Visible World in Pictures, was published in Nuremburg by the Czech educator Comenius. Originally in German and...
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Quel Sougez! OG French Kids Photobooks

Emmanuel Sougez was a pioneering French photographer who created two of the earliest children's books to use photography. Regarde! « Mes photos » and Alphabet were published in 1931 and 1932, respectively. Regarde! was basically a photo album of...
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May 12, 2013

Max And Gaby's Alphabet, By Tony Fitzpatrick

Chicago artist/dj/dad Tony Fitzpatrick was quizzing his 4yo kid to come up with things that begin with each letter of the alphabet, and he decided to make an illustration project out of it. Two+ years later, in 2001, Max...
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April 22, 2013

Happy Punks 123!

Oh, hi there, Happy Punks! John and Jana's new book, Happy Punks 123 A Counting Story, looks as awesome as their last title, A Rule Is To Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy. I confess, my kids' punk education...
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April 18, 2013

Library/Stairway/Home Theater/Slide By Moon Hoon

There is a LOT to love about this awesome space at the energetic center of architect Moon Hoon's Panorama House, built in Chungbuk, South Korea. I mean, it's a family room, a stairway, a library, a home theater [with...
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April 8, 2013

Project OBJECT's Mid-Century Kid Sale At

Remember last fall when that sweet, mime-lookin' Antonio Vitali puppet turned up? Well, he's back. And now he can be yours. Georgia-based design aficionado Aaron Cohen, who found the puppet, just launched a week-long, kid-design-themed sale at, and...
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April 5, 2013

Kids Cardboard Lifestyle: The Cardboard Collective

Seriously, kids go through so much stuff, so quickly, it really all should be made of cardboard. And then it's like, seriously, just make that yourself. Which is a severe underselling of the awesomeness of Tokyo expat Amber's kids...
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April 3, 2013

Tokyo Street Art Coloring Pages By A Small Lab

Gaijin-turned-Edo-ko anthropologist Chris Berthelsen has spent years documenting the stickers, stencils, tags and graffiti of various neighborhoods around Shinjuku and Shibuya for his Tokyo Street Art Research Project. Until now the best way to see the fruits of his...
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March 4, 2013

Here Come The Cubies' ABC

History is not written only by the winners. Sometimes the losers get to add a cutesy ABC book with well-crafted, parodic rhymes to the record. The 1913 Armory Show opened 100 years ago last month in New York, and...
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February 27, 2013

Bear In Space: The Truth Is Out There

Bear In Space is a 1970 Russian children's book about a bear who fakes a moon landing. It shows all the neat camera tricks and stuff the bear used to make it look like he really landed on the...
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January 22, 2013

From Doll Library To Doll Hospital

Like any reasonable person, I despise American Girl dolls almost as much as I love libraries. Which makes this is a net positive story. [nyt]...
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December 24, 2012

Bun B's Rap Coloring & Activity Book

"Game is sad. He wants a new tattoo. Draw him one that covers up his butterfly." If ever a tumblr was destined for a book deal, it's Bun B's Rap Coloring Book. And of course, it happened the week...
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