Friday, February 13, 2015

Ray's Reviews: Valentine's Day Special!

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away – here’s a quick look at a few interesting books that would be great to give - or get!

        “Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned from a Little Golden Book” by Diane Muldrow (Golden Books, $9.99) is the third book in this delightful series.

        Focusing on love and romance, it uses many great graphics that originally appeared in the exceptionally popular series of children’s books.

        There are vibrant, relevant images from numerous classics, including “Tootle”, “The Kitten Who Thought He was a Mouse”, “Nurse Nancy” and “The Saggy, Baggy Elephant”.

        Colorful artwork abounds, with bright, clear illustrations by Gustaf Tenggren, Eloise Wilkin, Tibor Gergely, Richard Scarry, Garth Williams and others.

        This is a wonderful book for anyone who grew up with these classics; it’s almost guaranteed to bring back pleasant memories.

        “Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney (Candlewick Press, $9.99) is available in a nifty, padded edition that marks the 20th anniversary of its initial publication.

        The deluxe volume features large illustrations by Anita Jeram, showcasing Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare as they try to outdo each other by describing the extent of their affection.

        This edition is designed for younger readers; the thicker pages allow for easier handling without having the book quickly fall apart.

        It’s ideal for reading out loud (add your own special effects!) and has become a classic in its own right.

        “Art & Sole” by Jane Gershon Weitzman (Harper Collins, $30) is a lush, gilt-edged, glitzy volume with amazing photographs by Lucas Zarebinski.

        The entire book consists of images of spectacular non-functional shoe sculptures that were commissioned in the mid-1990’s for display in the windows of the Stuart Weitzman retail shop on New York’s Madison Ave.

        The bright, colorful photographs capture a wide range of innovative designs and materials that were used to create these fantasy footwear items.

        Memorable images abound, showing shoes made of corrugated cardboard, steel, stained glass, raku-fired clay, wire, acrylic film and much more. Some illustrate characters from “The Wizard of Oz” and “Alice in

        There’s a brief biographical section about the 33 artists and their vivid designs.

        This would be a great gift idea for a special creative person who loves shoes or original artwork.

        Ray Walsh, owner of East Lansing’s Curious Book Shop, has reviewed books
regularly since 1987.

Find these books and other great titles
at the Curious Book Shop, an independent 
book shop in East Lansing, founded in 1969.

Curious Book Shop
307 East Grand River Avenue
East Lansing, Michigan

This review was originally published by the Lansing State Journal on February 8, 2015.

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