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Take a Peek into Fútbol! The Dynamic Doodle Book by Taleen Keldijan

One of my fond­est mem­o­ries grow­ing up was play­ing soc­cer (bet­ter known as fút­bol). I was enthralled by the fact that you had to con­trol a wild bounc­ing ball with just your feet. It soon became a big part of my social life with games and tour­na­ments dur­ing three sea­sons of the year. (I still have scars on my knees from indoor soc­cer turf!)

In her first children’s book called Fút­bol!, author and illus­tra­tor Taleen Keldi­jan has cap­tured the spir­it of the game that’s enjoyed around the world. Through activ­i­ties like col­or­ing, puz­zles, and draw­ing, kids ages four to nine can learn about soc­cer, exer­cise their imag­i­na­tion, and be intro­duced to oth­er cul­tures. That’s an aspect I real­ly like about this book—its inclu­siv­i­ty, and show­cas­ing how dif­fer­ent places cel­e­brate the fúbtol.

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Artist, Sculpture

When is a Tree Stump Not a Tree Stump? When It’s a Book.

Handmade book by Pochiko HO

If it looks like a stump of wood… it might not be a stump of wood—it could be a book! Artist Pochiko HO has done exact­ly this with a hand­made text that’s about insects. The clever book’s nat­ur­al-col­ored pages are con­tained with­in a small chunk of tree bark. Sim­ply remove the book from the cir­cu­lar stump and reveal the winged insects that live inside.

Handmade book by Pochiko HO

Handmade book by Pochiko HO

Handmade book by Pochiko HO

Here’s anoth­er mixed media piece, also about insects:

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Handmade book by Pochiko HO
Illustrated products, Illustration

In the Wonder Garden, Wander the World with 80 Illustrated Animals

A few weeks ago, I made a (very) short video about the book Alice’s Adven­tures in Won­der­land that gave you a brief intro­duc­tion to the awe­some illus­tra­tions that lie with­in. Well, I’ve made anoth­er video in that same vein—this time, we’re trav­el­ing through The Won­der Gar­den writ­ten by Jen­ny Broom and illus­trat­ed by Krist­jana S. Williams.

The book “opens the gates of the Won­der Gar­den” and takes us through five of Earth’s habi­tats: the Ama­zon Rain­for­est; the Great Bar­ri­er Reef; the Chi­huahuan Desert; the Black For­est; and the Himalayan Moun­tains. Each of its 80 illus­trat­ed ani­mals are drawn with a tech­ni­cal hand and stun­ning atten­tion to detail—the tiny lines are rem­i­nis­cent of old sci­en­tif­ic engrav­ings. This vin­tage feel, how­ev­er, is off­set by the bold neon col­ors that per­me­ate the pages. The hues put a con­tem­po­rary spin on the entire thing.

These are some of my favorite spreads, below. When you read this book, get ready to LEARN. There’s a lot of infor­ma­tion packed in those pages.

The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom and illustrated by Kristjana S Williams

The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom and illustrated by Kristjana S Williams

The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom and illustrated by Kristjana S Williams

The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom and illustrated by Kristjana S Williams

The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom and illustrated by Kristjana S Williams

The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom and illustrated by Kristjana S Williams

The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom and illustrated by Kristjana S Williams

The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom and illustrated by Kristjana S Williams

The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom and illustrated by Kristjana S Williams

The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom and illustrated by Kristjana S Williams

The Wonder Garden by Jenny Broom and illustrated by Kristjana S Williams
Giveaway

Giveaway! The Charming ‘Diary of a Time Traveler’

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What if you could trav­el to any era in his­to­ry, where would you go? That’s the premise of Diary of a Time Trav­el­er by David Long and illus­trat­ed by Nicholas Steven­son. The children’s book revolves around young Augus­tus and Pro­fes­sor Tempo—when the boy falls asleep in his­to­ry class, his teacher decides to teach him a les­son that the past isn’t bor­ing at all. Pro­fes­sor Tem­po then hands Augus­tus a mag­ic diary, where all he needs to do is write a time and place to trav­el there.

I’ve got a copy of this book to give­away! Scroll down to enter. 

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diary of a time traveler

Togeth­er, stu­dent and teacher trav­el through­out time and geo­graph­i­cal loca­tions to meet famous inven­tors, lead­ers, writ­ers, painters, ath­letes, and more.  Each dou­ble-page spread cov­ers a dif­fer­ent place and era. Augus­tus writes an intro­duc­tion to explain the sights and sounds, while the Pro­fes­sor pro­vides inter­est­ing captions—facts—about the locale.

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Some of the 100+ famed fig­ures include: Mozart; Louis XIV; Shake­speare; Leonar­do Da Vin­ci, and Marie Curie. They cov­er events around the world, with more a focus on West­ern cul­ture.

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Let’s get to the illus­tra­tions. They’re eas­i­ly my favorite part of the entire book! I was a fan of Nicholas’ work before Diary of a Time Trav­el­er, and this just con­firms his tal­ent. I love the char­ac­ter design—they’re styl­ized, car­toon­ish, and quirky—and the var­i­ous tex­tures make the images visu­al­ly excit­ing page after page.

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Get this book for your­self! Enter to win my give­away!

To enter, leave a com­ment on this post (make sure I have a way to con­tact you!). If you’re on Insta­gram, dou­ble your chances by fol­low­ing @brwnpaperbag and lik­ing the give­away pho­to.  Open to any­one around the world.

Give­away ends on Tues­day, Decem­ber 8, 2015 at 11:59PM ESTGood luck!

Illustration, Paper Craft, Sculpture

Isobelle Ouzman Transforms Discarded Books into Sculptural Illustrations

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Dis­card­ed books have found a new life with the work of Iso­belle Ouz­man. Her intri­cate, sculp­tur­al illus­tra­tion carve into the pub­li­ca­tions’ pages, cre­at­ing mys­ti­cal land­scapes that tell a whole new story—separate from the book’s orig­i­nal tale. Many of her com­po­si­tions fea­ture pen and ink draw­ings, but some­times she’ll accent areas with water­col­or paints.

Ouz­man sells her altered books through her Etsy shop. She occa­sion­al­ly takes com­mis­sions, too. Wouldn’t this be per­fect for the book lover in your life?
Isobelle Ouzman

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