San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 2019. First edition. One of 200 copies bound in cloth and with the Eric Carle decorative endpapers. Also signed on the colophon by Chris Loker. A special edition of 50 was also produced. With half-title, title-page, and page headings throughout printed in in green and blue. With dozens of color reproductions of cover art and illustrations from children’s books throughout. A fine copy. Red cloth boards lettered in gilt. Red and orange striped decorative endpapers photo-reproduced from hand-painted paper by Eric Carle, author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Quarto. 329 pp. Item #16756
Today’s contemporary picture book is a bravura art form that brims with literary, artistic, and theatrical creativity…Most of all, the picture book often contains that brilliant, unexpected spark of personal thrill that can enliven our hearts, one reader at a time, allowing millions to experience moments of shimmering joy,” (p. 14).