Friday, March 12, 2010

Duck! Rabbit!

Okay, it's Friday. You've been working hard all week. Your brain is fried. Here's a little brainteaser pick-me-up to get you through the day. What I like about this book is how unbelievably simple it is in concept and so darn cute! A marketer's dream, it even comes with it's own website. "Duck!Rabbit!" came out last Spring, so maybe you are already familiar with it. It won tons of awards and was on the New York Times bestseller list. But hey, that makes it even more fun to revisit, especially since Easter is right around the corner. Written and illustrated by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld, this book asks the BIG QUESTION...are you a DuckPerson or a RabbitPerson?

Although this book is just one simple line drawing, Tom Lichtenheld's illustrations are quite colorful and fun. He was trained as an art director, but fell into the picture book world purely by accident. Inspired by a letter from his nephew asking him to draw him a picture of a pirate, Tom ended up drawing 20 pages of pirates which eventually became the book "Everything I Know About Pirates."

His latest book is out this Spring and is called "Bridget's Beret." A story about a little girl who is an artist, this one was inspired by his niece. When Bridget accidently loses her beloved beret, she gets a serious case of artist's block. You can see the adorable sketches for the first half of the book here. His website is also worth a look. Full of information on his process.

Have a great weekend!


Tom Lichtenheld said...

Hi Junkies! Tom Lichtenheld here. Thank you for featuring my books. I have another book coming out next month called "Shark vs. Train." It's a crazy competition between (you guessed it), a shark and a train. See a sample at:

roz said...

How very fabulous and clever. I saw a bunny. I have to admit this is a new book to me but I know it's going on my ever growing list of must haves now!! Deb, thanks for sharing.
Tom- If you happen to read this, I am a new fan. Thanks for visiting our blog and looking forward to Shark vs. Train!

Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

I see a duck! From the very first time I saw this book I saw a duck. :o)

What a great concept! Thanks for posting this Deb.

And thank you Tom for visiting! Congratulations on your books :o)

Deb said...

Thanks for the visit Tom! Can't wait to get my hands on your new books. I'm a new fan too!

Ride Operator said...

I just saw the Duck Rabbit book at Keplers. I saw the Rabbit, and Nate saw the Duck. Such a clever book. Thank you for the referral!

Gina Perry said...

Definitely a rabbit person. REALLY hard for me to see the duck (I mean, I see it, but, you know). Thanks for visiting Tom - Shark vs. Train looks fantastic!