I can’t actually remember when or where I first happened across the bold & colourful illustrations of John J. Reiss.
He’s the author and illustrator of a trio of young children’s books, Numbers, Shapes and Colors. He also illustrated Statistics a young children’s maths book written by Jane Jonas Srivastava.
Although highly regarded, he doesn’t seem to be that well-known outside of his home city of Milwaukee. He worked extensively there designing exhibition catalogues, launch invitations and ads for the city’s Art Center (now Museum).
There is quite a detailed biography of the designer on the museum’s blog, written only last month.
Additional image credits:
Simon & Schuster
We’ve not written a book review in AGES and this one’s just a little bit different to our usual fare.
Home Sweet Home is a children’s book – recommended for ages 5+. However, even as adults, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading it… and, as regular readers will know, we appreciate and collect iconic children’s books!
Published earlier this month (October 2017), it was written by Mia Cassany and beautifully illustrated by Paula Blumen.
Throughout the 40 pages, you’re shown around various interiors & exteriors from around the world – guided by the pets-in-residence.
There’s Eva the St Bernard in Iceland, Coco the cat in Brooklyn… there’s even a tortoise named Taiki who lives in Kyoto, Japan!
This book is a really fun way for kids (and grown-ups!) to find out about other parts of the world. It teaches facts such as San Francisco is very hilly, Giethoorn in the Netherlands is car-free and that houses in Ibiza are painted white to reflect the light and keep them cool.
It’s a book that warrants plenty of return visits.
It’s such a charming read…
…and the illustrations are full of lovely detail that reveal something new every time you flick through the pages.
This book is a fantastic Christmas or birthday present for any pet-loving, budding interior decorator!
Home Sweet Home is available from the publishers in UK/Europe & US/Canada and from Amazon, The Book Depository and Waterstones.
[Many thanks to Ellen at Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for the review copy]
We’ve got an H is for Home give-away for the month February. It’s been a bit grey, misty and chilly of late – just the weather for hunkering down indoors with a good book. So, we decided to put together a small bundle of books as a competition prize. They’ll be of particular interest to lovers of vintage and home interiors.
The books have been sent to us by various authors and publishers to read & review, which we’ve done over recent months and years in our Bookmarks series. There are five books in total, they’ve been well looked after and are all in excellent condition.
You can have a sneek peek of the books we’re offering in the photos and links to the reviews below.
To win the bundle of books, let us know in the comments section at the end of the post how you found out about this competition.
The Homemade Home
Design Bloggers at Home
Flea Market Chic
The Comforts of Home
Hopefully, the lucky winner will be able to light the fire, curl up a comfy chair, grab a glass of wine or hot cup of tea… and allow themselves a few moments to browse these lovely books. They should last a few sittings. Good luck!
Bundle of books
Shared on: Superluckyme | The Prizefinder | Loquax
What’s your favourite book? Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Whatever your chosen reading may be, these book bags are perfect for toting it around… along with your keys, phone, purse, tissues, lipstick – whatever!
Back in the day, when I used to have a daily rail commute (and before mobile phones were so ubiquitous), I used to read books voraciously. I read Lord of the Rings entirely on the Todmorden ↔ Manchester train. I was also addicted to crime fiction, long before the advent of Scandi Noir.
Unfortunately, I never seem to find that kind of time any longer – more’s the pity. I think one of these book bags would certainly get me back into turning those pages!
- Book handbags and clutch bags by The Literary Gift Company: £30, Notonthehighstreet
- To Kill A Mockingbird leather book bag: from £143, Etsy
- Dolce & Gabbana book padlock top handle bag : £4,750, Harrods
Here’s the first of our 2016 Christmas Countdown gift guides. We’ve researched newly published foodie books and made a short-list of ones that any epicurean would gladly unwrap on Christmas morning!
You just want to stroll across this book-filled sitting room, make a bee-line for the shelves and start browsing through the titles. Seeing the selection of books people have on their shelves can tell you so much about them. You’ll very quickly be able to tell if you have any interests in common.
Our sitting room shelves are full of non-fiction – cookery books; books on art, architecture and design; interspersed with bits of colourful vintage pottery and enamelware.
- Vitsoe 606 universal shelving system
- Karina armchair
- 70cm Extra large oversize grey fabric drum lampshade
- ‘Gedy’ round bevelled mirror
- Mustard velvet cotton pillow cover
- Fired Earth ‘Platinum Pale’ matt emulsion
We’ve just made a new addition to our collection of This is… books.
It’s always a treat to make a brew and settle down with one of these gorgeous books for ten minutes – especially one we’ve never read before.
Our new arrival is a first edition copy of This is Cape Canaveral dating from 1963. Later versions of this book were called This is Cape Kennedy and most recently, This is the way to the Moon.
As always, fabulous illustrations by Miroslav Sasek leap off every page.
It’s a pleasure to share them with our readers – existing fans and perhaps a few new converts too.
They’re insightful and very witty…
…and full of wonderfully observed detail.
They’re beautifully drawn and capture the era perfectly.
They also have a real sense of optimism about them.
We picked up this copy for £5 which was a real steal for a first edition.
It’s always nice to get a bargain…
…and perhaps added just an extra tiny thrill as we thumbed through the pages!
We always buy the early editions and really love our little collection – Cape Canaveral makes it 11.
A few more to go yet though – there are 18 in the series in total!