It’s Here! IT’S HERE!

I’ve been waiting and waiting and WAITING (months, I say!) for the brand spankin’ newly-released book of my very favorite artist’s illustrations. And it’s HERE!


It doesn’t disappoint, either. It’s huge! Do you see that nickel to the left? HUGE, I tell you!

Look at it open.


That’s four full-sized water bottles! (My first measuring attempt was with steak knives. Not very child-friendly, mi amigos.)

This is the greatest day ever. I feel like Ralphie from A Christmas Story.

If you’ll excuse me, I think I shall spend some quality time with my sweet Charley Harper.

  • becky

    August 14, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    That really is a beautiful book. I love the colors. Now, does wito get to enjoy it? Or is it only for grown-ups?

    If Wito steps within 5 feet of the book, he’s grounded indefinitely.

  • Assertagirl

    August 14, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    You’ll put your eye out!

  • coolmom

    August 14, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    Oooh, jealous! So pretty! Its on my Christmas list (yes, I have already compiled one).

  • A Small Snapshot

    August 14, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Oooooo. I love finding new illustrators.
    Thanks for sharing. This looks like something I would dig.

  • christina

    August 14, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    such gorgeous pictures! I’ve never heard of him (her?) but am dying to google more! thanks for sharing.

  • whoorl

    August 14, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    He was an AMAZING modernist illustrator. He died earlier this summer – I’m so glad Todd Oldham put together this book. Isn’t his work the coolest? I wish I had a room full of his bird illustrations.

  • Neil

    August 14, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    I’m seeing some crayons add-ons in the the future!

  • Not The Mama

    August 14, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    Stunning…and I love the water bottles for size reference! I’m familiar with his work, but certainly not an aficionado. I will definitely have to look for this book and get to know him a little better.

  • erika

    August 14, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    oooo, I love it! You are a lucky duck and a half. Definitely going on my list of wants. :)

    Sheesh, what is the shipping on a book that huge?! That’s a biggun’.

    Free shipping from Amazon. :)

  • Andrea

    August 14, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    Total book envy over here. Although I don’t know where I would put a book that large. Thanks for the water bottle point of reference.

  • bethanyactually

    August 14, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    Cool, a new illustrator to enjoy! Thanks, whoorl. Enjoy your massive book!

  • cocodrie

    August 14, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    I think his visions are just delicious. Those colors! Those shapes! Ooooo and ahhhhh to Charley AND Whoorl for her always-keen eye for art.

  • gorillabuns

    August 14, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    be sure to put this book at the top of your closet, covered with a blanket and no chairs or ladders for easy climbing.

    not that i’m speaking from experience or anything….

  • Jessie

    August 15, 2007 at 3:40 am

    Beautiful! That looks like an awesome book.

  • nabbalicious

    August 15, 2007 at 7:38 am

    You should have used Wito as a size comparison.

    Cute book, though. I love it!

    I totally was going to, but he was napping! ;)

  • Bethany

    August 15, 2007 at 9:09 am

    Haha, love the water bottles. Looks like a cool book! Never heard of him…but I swear i’m still cool. I’m hip. I’m jiggy with it. *insert that little Dr. Evil macarenaish Dance here*

  • Emily

    August 15, 2007 at 10:54 am

    Now those illustrations would make a lovely nursery theme, don’t you think?? You are a genius. Buy two more and wallpaper Wito’s room. Or wallpaper Wito 2’s room. Not that you’re pregnant or anything. Are you?

    I love starting internet rumors.

  • Jora

    August 15, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    Yay Charley Harper! I just LOVE his work. And to Emily — I really have been considering incorporating a few of his illustrations into our new nursery — they’re just perfect for a child’s room. If you’re into all things modern, whoorl (as hubby and I are), I must send you some pics of the mid-century modern home we’re restoring right now….

  • OMSH

    August 17, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    That would take me hours – yes, hours to look through. I love visually stunning books full of work like Harper’s.