Posts tagged ‘Art’

Discussion: Eulalie and the Hopping Head by David Small

Cover of "Eulalie and the Hopping Head"

Cover of Eulalie and the Hopping Head

By Mandy Webster

Eulalie and the Hopping Head. David Small. Macmillan, 2001.

I stumbled upon a description of David Small’s children’s book, Eulalie and the Hopping Head while researching the author for a book discussion on his graphic novel, Stitches. The description caught my attention, so I decided to check this one out from the library to read to my four year old.

My son loved Eulalie, and now, even several days after returning the book, he still talks about her.

On first reading, Avery was scared of Mrs. Shinn, the high-class fox who claims that all nine of her children are absolutely perfect. Personally, I still wonder about Mrs. Shinn, who apparently had seen the poor perfect child, owner of the hopping head, abandoned in the park several days prior and thought nothing of leaving the child there to fend for herself! Read more…


Book Review: “Stitches” by David Small

Cover of "Stitches: A Memoir"

Cover of Stitches: A Memoir

By Mandy Webster

Stitches: A Memoir. David Small. W.W. Norton & Company, 2009, 2010.

In this graphic novel, Stitches: A Memoir, David Small tells the story of his dysfunctional formative years when art first became his escape from real life.

“I was six.”


This simple beginning, coupled with Small’s stark black and white illustrations of his own childhood neighborhood quickly sets the reader in time and place. Small’s images expertly describe the dysfunction of a family headed by a detached doctor with a God complex and an angry closet lesbian.

As a child, the main character, David is a sickly boy whose father treats his asthma and constant (yet minor) sinus issues with large doses of radiation. As David grows up, he develops a growth on his neck which his parents seem to ignore for years before finally having it thoroughly checked out. Read more…

Graphic Novels

Cover of "Stitches: A Memoir"

Cover of Stitches: A Memoir

By Mandy Webster

I’m about to read my first graphic novel. *gasp*

I’ve never been a fan of comic books, so I’ve never had any interest in reading a graphic novel. But, my son is crazy for comics and has read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series cover to cover, over and over. I’ve been on the lookout for something a bit more advanced for him, but knowing nothing about the genre, I’ve been at a loss as to what to get.

So, when someone recommended David Small‘s “Stitches,” I thought I’d give it a try. The only thing is, I’m not completely sure it’s age appropriate, so I’m going to have to read it myself first to make sure there’s not anything ‘too’ mature for him.

I’m a writer, so naturally, I am against censorship. I believe it’s best to let your kids read controversial subjects and then talk about them. Read more…

Check it out : Stitchable Stationery

Stitchable Stationery by Chronicle Books

Chronicle Books Stitchable Stationery

I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for pretty stationery. I’m also into crafting when I can find the time to do it. So, when I saw this stitchable stationary from Chronicle Books, I had to share it. Check it out!

Gotta have it?  Buy Now!

“Books Unbound” Exhibit on Display at Marian Gallery

Cover of "Books Unbound"

Cover of Books Unbound

The Marian Art Gallery, located on the first floor of Mount Mary College’s Caroline Hall is currently hosting “Books Unbound.” Including artists from Milwaukee, Madison and the Chicago area, the “Books Unbound” exhibit features works by The Binders Guild, a group of regional artisans who meet regularly to explore and create unbound art works in a variety of media.

According to the gallery’s website, “This exhibit, created by a group of regional artisans, gives shape, texture, medium and creative edges to the unbound structure of books.”

Works on display will feature a variety of mediums, including works which highlight techniques often used in book making. Other pieces include doorways cut into books.

Some of the pieces will be available for purchase. Sample images are located on the Marian Art Gallery website. Read more…

Story Time in the Galleries

The Milwaukee Art Museum offers Story Time in the Galleries


Come hear a different story each Saturday that relates to a work of art in the Museum, and then create your own story drawing to take home.

Meet at Admissions.
Free with Museum admission.

REMINDER: Milwaukee residents get in free on Saturday mornings until noon.

Upcoming Events: Stories of Nature Halloween Adventure Hike

Join us for this year’s Halloween Hike, with the theme of “Stories of Nature.” Fitting with this theme will be a children’s book fair and a book reading from renowned local author, Lois Ehlert, who will be reading and signing books from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Exciting and educational nature hikes will run periodically throughout the evening, beginning at 4:00pm and running every 10 minutes through 7:00pm. Additional activities include a Pre-School Carnival, Crafts, Smores, and Live Raptors inside the building. Don’t forget to wear your costume!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cost: Adults $8.00 Children $6.00

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

1111 E. Brown Deer Rd.
Milwaukee WI 53217