text & color illustrations by Robert Ingpen. Illustrations are colorful and detailed.
Condition: Gently pre-read 1995 Vanwell (Canada) hardcover (pictorial boards - no DJ), no printing given. Inscription on top title page.
Content: Written in the form of a letter to his granddaughter, Ingpen's fanciful picture book chronicles an imaginary being who "catches the creatures of our dreams when they escape to reality" and returns them to a place called the Dreamtree. In less able hands, such a premise could rapidly decline into New Age-ish nonsense; instead, myth and lore collide to create a promising fantasy. Mystical, dreamlike and occasionally nightmarish, Ingpen's detailed illustrations blend pencil sketches and watercolors to
flesh out the imagery evoked in his hand-lettered text. He shows the elaborate traps used by the Dreamkeeper; the shoes with the special backwards soles to mystify those who would try and track him; the charms, tokens and lures that are his stock in trade - even the solar-powered remote control used by his goblin assistant to "unwind invisibility." Sharp-eyed readers will recognize some familiar faces among the inhabitants of the Dreamtree -- the Frog Prince, Long John Silver and the White Rabbit, among others. A most
unusual book Questions welcome. Ages 4 - 8. [1copy available]
$ 4.50 + $ 3.29 media shipping.
SHOES OF SATIN, RIBBONS OF SILK: Tales from the Ballet
by Antonia Barber. Beautiful, soft & dreamy color illustrations by Diz Wallis.
Condition: Gently pre-read 1995 Kingfisher hardcover (pictorial boarsd) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first US Edition,
first printing. The book is over-sized: 11.1 x 9.4 x 0.6 [96 Pages].
Content: The curtain rises, the orchestra plays, the stage glows, and the magic beings -- dolls come to life, sugarplums dance, swans pirouette, ballerinas glide in shimmering pink. Behind each of these enchanting visions is a wonderful story. Any child dazzled by dance will love this lavishly illustrated collection of nine of the most popular ballet stories including such classics as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and Giselle, as well as the less familiar stories of The Firebird and The Boy and The Magic. Also included: Coppelia, Song of the Nightingale,
and Petrushka. Included are notes on the performance of these ballets. Ages 4 - 8. (Actually any one who loves the Ballet will enjoy this book.) Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
$4.50 + $ 3.39 media shipping.
CAT & MOUSE READING BOOKPLATES
by A. Serduykova.
Condition: NEW package of 12 bookplates made by pacaritambo books. The peel-off label stock is heavier than most bookplate materials and is matte and not glossy. They are as perfect as possible, and we feel the subject matter is much different than you can get anywhere else. 3.0" wide x 4.1" high.
Content: This is another old-fashioned bookplate (similar to "Girl Reading to Mice"). The gingerbread cat and the little brown mouse are reading a book about lions. We can personalize your bookplate (the font is Davida Bd BT) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us.
$ 4.00 + $ 2.85 first class shipping. International shipping available.