(Image from Night's Nice by Barbara and Ed Emberley)
It’s about a thirty-minute walk to my local library. I was returning these rare Ed Emberley books I had checked out. I guess it was lucky for me that the library was still closed. Standing outside at the drop-off box hemming and hawing, I found myself unable to part with them just yet.
Remember the old saying, "There's nothing new under the sun?" Well, that certainly doesn't apply to author-illustrator Bob Logan's newest picture book, The Sea of Bath. This book is fresh, new, and one of the cutest, cleverest, and most unique picture books I've read in awhile.
The Sea of Bath is all about fun on the high seas (or in the bathtub, depending on how you look at it). The story is told by an unassuming sea captain who spends his time snoozing...until the water begins to rise. When it does, he enjoys sailing his boat, the S.S. Rubb A. Dubb, on the bubbly Sea of Bath, where he encounters curious squeaking ducks, odd deep-sea divers, and bars of soap that challenge his ship to a water race.
This book is super-brief, but the pictures of the wide-eyed captain trying to make sense of the curious objects floating along on the choppy sea will have you and your little one laughing out loud. Logan's illustrations are both simple and outstanding, and capture all the exciting possibilities an afternoon in the watery tub can offer, if one only uses one's imagination.
The Sea of Bath has all the elements of a classic picture book, right down to ts "Can-we-read-it-again?" potential.
It must be duly noted, that Captain "Fireboat" Bell is none other than story artist, director, and writer, Mike Bell. I had the privilege of meeting Mike upon my return to DreamWorks. Funny and likeable, Mike Bell is a man worthy of patrolling shipping lanes with a pug.
The impact of the Star Wars phenomenon never ceases to amaze me. I never would have imagined my son drawing images from a movie that I used to draw when I was around his age. The lesson learned today is, Star Wars is fun to draw!
Here is a bonus for you! I call it, "Darth Vader Choking A Guy"
Evoke by DreamWorks story supervisor, David Pimentel is a remarkable collection of some of his favorite sketches over the years all beautifully bound. I should keep my copy at work for all to see, but I just picked it up and wanted to enjoy it over the weekend!
My friend Chris Mitchell is opening Q Pop, a shop/gallery in the historic Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles. Check out his blog and help him decide what color to paint his store! No doubt, Q Pop will offer rare, fun, and unique merchandise!