The ALEXANDER GIRARD COLOR board book celebrates the vivid, playful, and sophisticated world of 20th century design icon Alexander Girard. Especially known for his textile designs for Herman Miller, Girard’s wide-ranging repertoire also spanned many disciplines, including interior design, graphic design, and furniture design.
This chunky board book is the latest in Ammo's series that features both design greats and up-and-coming new talent. ALEXANDER GIRARD COLOR features the vintage 1972 illustration “Girls” on the cover, as well as 26 classic Girard designs.
Pre-schoolers learning to identify colors will enjoy this charming little book and its whimsical illustrations. Design-savvy adults will also love the vintage illustrations and sophisticated packaging design.
Author: Gloria Fowler
Size: 6 x 6 inches | 58 pagesView full product details
In this imaginative ABC, acclaimed artist, designer and children's author, Bruno Munari shows how fun letters can be. From an Ant on an Apple to a Blue Butterfly to a Cat in a Cage, Munari pairs words in whimsical ways until Fly frees itself from its page, lands on the Hat, buzzes near the Ice Cream and provides the final sound for Zzzzz.
Author: Bruno Mari
Material: Hardcover | Full color through | Ages 3-6
Size: 8 ½ x 11 ½" | 48 pages
A Junior Library Guild Selection
In a wordless graphic novel–style picture book, French artist Merveille (Jukebox) brings to a new audience the mid–20th century French cinema icon Monsieur Hulot, created and portrayed by actor Jacques Tati.
More than 20 stories appear, told in groups of panels on a single page, followed by a page turn that supplies the punch line. Flat artwork and a quiet palette suit the austere post-WWII setting as Hulot ambles through Paris in a Walter Mitty–like alternate reality, his trusty umbrella at the ready. He buys a snow globe one beautiful spring day, turns it over, and starts a real snowstorm. He tries in vain to hook a prize fish at a carnival, then hooks one on his umbrella without realizing it after he turns away. Many episodes depend on references that may require parental explanations, like French military parades that require onlookers to salute patriotically, footprints from the first moonwalk, or Don Quixote tilting at windmills.
Older readers though, will find this a rewarding cross-cultural comic experience—and Tati fans will sigh with delight at the stories’ many whimsical ironies.View full product details
Henri’s Walk to Paris is the story of a young boy who lives in Reboul, France, who dreams of going to Paris. One day, after reading a book about Paris, he decides to pack a lunch and head for the city.
Like many of us, Henri wants to see Paris.
In Paris, there are thousands of buses. In Reboul, where Henri lives, there is only one bus. In Paris there are many parks and rows and rows of trees. The park in Reboul has only five trees. In Paris there are many zoos full of animals for the people to see. So one fine day Henri packs up some lunch and starts off to see all the things he had read about.
Along the way, Henri gets tired and falls asleep under a tree. And this is when the story gets really charming. What Henri sees, we see, in a flowing panorama of pictures conceived by the eminent graphic designer Saul Bass.
Saul Bass (1920–1996) was a celebrated American graphic designer and filmmaker, but he is best known for his design on animated motion-picture title sequences. During his forty-year career he worked for some of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers, including most notably Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, Stanley Kubrick, and Martin Scorsese. Among his most famous title sequences are those for Preminger’s The Man with the Golden Arm, and Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and Psycho.
Leonore Klein wrote the children’s books What Would You Do If . . . (1956), Mud, Mud, Mud (1962), Brave Daniel (1966), and Only One Ant (1971), among many others. Besides writing books for children, Klein was a librarian in New York.
"No question, this is the kind of children’s book that arty parents like to display in their Dwell-decorated nurseries. But it’s also the kind of book that will stir a wandering spirit in imaginative children. Klein’s delightful text, like Bass’s bold graphics, is spot on." ~The New York Times
"During his journey, he stops for a rest, and inadvertently gets turned around, resulting in a clever ending that will leave kids chuckling and thinking about the true value of home. Filled with dazzling sun-bright colors, broad lines, and geometric shapes, the graphic artwork is crisp and imaginative. Characters and objects are depicted through eye-pleasing outlines and silhouettes, and the text is inventively integrated into the illustrations. Beginning with the cover, showing Henri's stepping shoes, the story's sense of motion is creatively conveyed through the visuals. In addition to its child appeal, this book may also be of interest to collections that focus on the history of children's literature and illustration." ~School Library Journal
Author: Leonore Klein
Illustrator: Saul Bass
Size: 8 ¼ x 11"
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On the Sonoma Coast and Mendonoma Coasts we are surrounded by Nature's beauty, so we naturally fell in love with Lifetime.
In one lifetime, a caribou will shed 10 sets of antlers, a woodpecker will drill 30 roosting holes, a giraffe will wear 200 spots, a seahorse will birth 1,000 babies.
Count each one and many more while learning about the wondrous things
that can happen in just one lifetime. This extraordinary book collects animal information not available anywhere else—and shows all 30 roosting holes, all 200 spots, and, yes!, all 1,000 baby seahorses in eye-catching illustrations.
A book about picturing numbers and considering the endlessly fascinating lives all around us, Lifetime is sure to delight young nature lovers.
Lola M. Schaefer is the award-winning author of many books for children of all ages, including Just One Bite. She lives with her husband in the mountains of northern Georgia.
Christopher Silas Neal is the illustrator of critically acclaimed books including Over and Under the Snow. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn and teaches at Pratt Institute.
Guided Reading Level: E Ages 5 to 8
Author: Lola M. Schaefer
Illustrator: Christopher Silas Neal
Size: 12 x 9 ½" | 40 pagesView full product details
There is an artistic adventure waiting for you inside this book!
This book is a sophisticated and innovative pop-up book that introduces readers to the artwork of Sonia Delaunay and will appeal to both adults and children alike. It has been published to coincide with a major retrospective of Sonia Delaunay’s work at Tate Modern in Spring 2015.
Designed by renowned art director and paper engineer Gérard Lo Monaco, the book features pop-up illustrations based on paintings, textiles and costume designs by Sonia Delaunay.
Lo Monaco’s highly expressive gouache illustrations convey the same energy and verve of Delaunay’s original artwork which, for reference, are reproduced at the back of the book.
Readers will not only to be informed and amused but also inspired by this contemporary interpretation of Delaunay’s work.
Gerard Lo Monaco is an Argentinian illustrator, art director and paper engineer based in Paris. His work includes poster designs, album covers, and books for children including contemporary interpretations of the Little Prince and Moby Dick in pop-up.
Author: Gerard Lo Monaco
Artist: Sonia Delaunay
Size: 7 pop up spreads | Color illustrations throughout | 145 x 195mm
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A reprint of a rare, much-sought-after 1960s-era children’s book beloved by the graphic design world and children’s book collectors, Puff’s midcentury modern aesthetic will appeal to adults and children alike. A design darling, Puff by William Wondriska illustrates an imaginary world in which sometimes the small but brave gestures are important. Puff is a tale about an old-fashioned small steam engine who lives a very unexciting life in a train yard. Puff daydreams that he could swim or imagines traveling to such distant lands as Egypt, India, France, and even to outer space. Puff’s chance to prove his mettle finally arrives when a newer modern engine pulling circus cars breaks down during a snowstorm. Puff bravely hooks to the cars and manages to bring the circus into warm sunshine. Playfully mixing type with bold graphics, Puff is a beautifully illustrated and charming underdog story that will appeal to design fans and people of all ages.
"With playful artist strokes and the clever use of fonts, this story of a tiny steam engine who dreams of one day traveling and doing something important is like a modern Little Engine That Could. The simplicity of the plot, language, and tricolored illustrations is appealing in that it focuses on the character of the train, named Puff, making him a personified protagonist to root for. Ages two and up." -Foreword Magazine
William Wondriska is a renowned graphic designer and children’s book author and illustrator who was active in the mid-twentieth century. In addition to his work in promotional design and advertising, Wondriska wrote eleven books for children, including A Long Piece of String (1963), The Sound of Things (1958), and All by Myself (1963).
Author: William Wondriska
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Did you know that sharks can detect electrical currents from other creatures? Or that some are covered in little tassels? Sharks are pretty incredible – some can even walk out of the water!
In this beautiful book from talented illustrator Owen Davey, you are sure to learn new and fascinating facts about these wonderful fish!View full product details