Wolf Comes To Town must be one of the most underrated children’s book on the Internet. I was genuinely astonished to check out what others have said about this picturebook on Amazon and Goodreads. Both sites show a 1.5 star average rating at time of writing. Can you guess what reviewers don’t like about this book?
A. The story is poorly written and edited.
B. The illustrations are amateurish.
C. Not suitable for children due to the main character behaving badly and not going punished.
List from Fantastic Fun and Learning
There are a lot of picture books with the message for preschoolers: Don’t be scared of the dark. The monsters you imagine are benign. We’ll then read a book about a terrible monster under the bed who turns out to be an adorable fluffy creature who befriends the child protagonist.
Here’s what I’d like to know: Do all children imagine monsters? Or is the idea of a monster introduced by the very media designed to assuage their fears? If we were to bring up a child sans media, sans Grimm, sans terror, would that child still conjure up the worst?
I doubt anyone has managed that experiment, but I do know that for our part, the resident toddler didn’t start being afraid of the dark until she started watching more sophisticated television and listening with some comprehension to picture books.
The Greatest Monsters In Children’s Literature from Flavorwire
Goodreads List of Picture Books About Monsters. (Can you guess the book at number one spot?)
OTHER MONSTER RELATED STUFF
Why Were There So Many Giant Insects In The 1950s? from io9
Mythical Beasts and Modern Monsters from Brainpickings
This List of Legendary Creatures From Japan will open your eyes to the wonderful, wacky world of Asian mythology and folklore and you may realize Grimm Brothers’ fairytales were text bundles of joy by comparison.
I like drawing staircases, so it seems. There’s nothing like a steep staircase to add some tension and drama to an illustration.
Page 14 of The Artifacts with development notes
Page 15a of Midnight Feast
Speaking of ominous staircases, you may have seen this picture on the Internet:
The Place behind the photograph
Over at Messy Nessy is an explanation:
“The Stairway to Heaven, also known as the Haiku Stairs, is a series of 3,922 steps in Oahu, Hawaii on the Koolau Mountain Range. The staircase was built by in 1942 by the U.S. Navy and its scenic views made it a popular tourist attraction. The Stairway to Heaven was closed off in 1982, and scheduled to re-open in 2001 after an $875,000 renovation but local residents opposed access in a NIMBY (Not In My BackYard) move. Hikers ignored the signs placed by the city, the city hired security guards to block access, so hikers then accessed the Stairway to Heaven in the middle of the night.”
Does anyone else find it ironically hilarious that the steps are made of anti slip metal? I mean, it’s necessary and all, and probably better than nothing, but that, folks, is what you call a death trap. Safety tread or no safety tread.