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Taschen's Grimms Fairy Tales

From Taschen's The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

In the mood for a little eye candy? Have you seen the post by Maria Popova of brainpickings.org on her picks for the 11 best children’s books of 2011? The list includes the breath-taking collection of historic illustrations in Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, edited by Taschen’s Noel Daniel, and the new title from Oliver Jeffers, Stuck. My personal favorite has to be the 50th anniversary edition of Norton Juster/Jules Feiffer’s The Phantom Tollbooth – it’s one of my favorite books (inspired a lot of adventure/fantastic world games), and I can’t wait to borrow a copy to see it in all its glory.

What’s your favorite picture book? I’ll throw mine out there first…from my childhood, I’d have to say that a book called Need a House? Call Ms. Mouse by George Mendoza inspired a series of marker drawings about two feet high…today, though, I think Mo Willems’ Knufflebunny : A Cautionary Tale gets my pick. I love Willems’ technique of combining his own hilarious drawings with vintage photographs of New York City. I’ll ask again…what’s your favorite picture book? – Laura

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