Gems on Brown Paper Bag: Picture Books

Who Will Comfot Toffle

As you read this, I am on a much needed VACATION! I’m in the desert of the US, enjoying no humidity and red rocks. Also, Las Vegas. I’ll be gone all week, and in my absence I have some friends helping me out with great things to share.

Mallory McInnis is the lady behind many of your favorite things on the web. Her blog, Gems, catalogs recipes, fashion, books, movies, and more. She also runs Illustrated Ladies, Illustrated Gents, The Zookeeper, Wear Color, Colorful Homes, and, while you’re at it, check out her vintage book collection.

Now, without further ado….


I have a lot of picture books. A lot more picture books than someone should when that someone is not a teacher or an illustrator or a librarian or an art director or a mother or… you get the picture. I just love them and I “organize” them far too often.

(I made the choice to put organize in quotation marks in that last sentence because they totally don’t need to be organized half the time – I just like to aimlessly page through them over and over again.)

I was in the midst of an unnecessary organization session yesterday when I decided to take pictures of some of my favorite double-page spreads for this guest post here at the marvelous Brown Paper Bag. So, I guess the organization was necessary after all! Yes!

Here are some of my favorites…. [Sara’s note: click the images to experience them in their full glory.]

Who Will Comfot Toffle
Who Will Comfort Toffle?: A Tale of Moomin Valley written and illustrated by Tove Jansson


Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Goldilocks and the Three Bears: A Tale Moderne written and illustrated by Steven Guarnaccia


My First Nursery Book
My First Nursery Book by Franciszka Themerson


Tippintown: A Guided Tour by Calef Brown


The Lion and the Rat
The Lion and the Rat: A Fable by La Fontaine, illustrated by Brian Wildsmith


Big Rabbit's Bad Mood
Big Rabbit’s Bad Mood written by Ramona Badescu, illustrated by Delphine Durand


Dillweed's Revenge
Dillweed’s Revenge: A Deadly Dose of Magic written by Florence Parry Heide, illustrated by Carson Ellis


Arnie the Doughnut
Arnie the Doughnut written and illustrated by Laurie Keller


Seasons by Blexbolex

Good Sports

Good Sports: Rhymes About Running, Jumping, Throwing and More written by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Chris Raschka


Around the World with Mouk
Around the World with Mouk by Marc Boutavant