7/31 - Shy.
Ooooops, here’s yesterday’s. I had this idea of a shy little kid wearing a Halloween costume. You can kinda see him peeking out. I wanted to replicate one of @johnkennmortensen wonderful little monsters. I love his book ‘Sticky Monsters’ 💚 this is my favourite so far and I’m kinda enjoying biro.
As we hit October, I'd like to recommend some moody books.
If you enjoy the creepy and the morbid, and had your fill of lengthy novels or simply can't find the time required for their perusal, I suggest you pick up one of these.
These are picture books, technically categorized as books for children, and would be perfect if you wanted to get your child hooked on Gothic literature from the get go. If however your child scares easily, I'd leave it for some other time.
Both John Kenn Mortensen and Edward Gorey are wonderfully skilled illustrators. Their subject matter however are monsters and death respectively. Sticky Monsters is a collection of detailed ink illustrations of various monsters and their surroundings, never failing to tell a full story without the use of words or movement. The Gashlycrumb Tinies is a nursery rhyme, both written and beautifully illustrated by Gorey himself, about all the letters of the alphabet and the various gruesome ways little children die. In verse.
The fact that the authors carry "death" and "gore" even in their names speaks volumes of their dedication to this particular craft. And what beautiful craft it is, in my opinion.
I'd think about the Goth levels of your children before presenting them with these, but that does not change a thing about the brilliance of both of these works. Give it a go, if you get the chance.
Would recommend to fans of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman.