Tres Riches Heures De Mrs Mole
On New Year’s Eve 1969, Monica Searle was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer. Experimental at the time, chemotherapy — the course of action Monica’s doctor recommended — was a leap of faith. After each treatment, her husband Ronald made Monica a Mrs. Mole drawing “to cheer every dreaded chemotherapy session and evoke the blissful future ahead.”
In memory of Ronald Searle (3 March 1920 – 30 December 2011)
A Drop of Blood by Paul Showers, illustrated by Don Madden c.1967
The Envelope Please:
Edward Gorey, master of the mischievously macabre, shared a decades-long friendship and correspondence with Peter Neumeyer, a writer and professor whose childrens’ books he illustrated. Luckily for us they communicated via snail mail. Gorey’s fantastical envelopes, along with sketches, illustrations, and manuscripts, are reproduced in Floating Worlds, via Pomegranate Books.
©The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust, courtesy Pomegranate (pomegranate.com)
The Giving Tree
We discovered at TEK’s shower last weekend that while the book The Giving Tree is a super awesome book & gift … the back cover, aka Mr. Silverstein’s crazy mug, is a little traumatizing.
Upon further research, apparently there is a line in The Diary of a Wimpy Kid where the dad keeps his son from getting out of bed at night by threatening him with the back of The Giving Tree, telling him Shel Silverstein would get him if he left his room.
That is hilarious, and sounds like something my father would do.