Space Oddity By David Bowie By Andrew Kolb.

I don’t know why someone didn’t come up with this sooner and by that I mean “Now why didn’t I think of that?”
The lyrics to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” have been illustrated and transformed into a wee book for children!
Click on the pictures to enlarge…
…Actually, don’t click on the pictures to enlarge because it doesn’t work and I don’t know why…

Although not usually the style of illustration I go crazy for, I reckon this is a brilliant idea!
From The Independent

David Bowie’s 1969 song “Space Oddity”, which sees fictional astronaut Major Tom drifting into outer space, has been turned into an unlikely children’s book by a Canadian illustrator.

Andrew Kolb, from southern Ontario, has created an illustrated version of Bowie’s classic track. “It was an entirely personal project,” he said. “The song always played out like a picture book in my head anyway, so I wanted to see if I could make it work. It was for entirely selfish reasons.”

Mr Kolb said the book had a purposefully ambiguous ending, not revealing whether Major Tom chose to leave Earth behind or was cut loose by an asteroid storm. As Tom drifts into space, the song ends with the lyrics: “Planet Earth is blue… and there’s nothing I can do.”

The book is available for download via Mr Kolb’s website, with the illustrator in discussions with HarperCollins for a print run.

View and download the full book on and from Mr. Kolb’s website HERE and let’s keep our fingers crossed that he doesn’t get sued to high Heaven and back again by Ziggy Stardust because I think this is great for kids and an excellent idea in general that will probably catch on right away!
Matter of fact, I’m off to put some illustrations together for Rob Zombie’s “Jesus Frankenstein” right now!

The Alternate Mr Men Books.

As I said in the last post, this week marks 4o years of Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men books and to celebrate, why don’t you get a load of THESE!

Pretty cool eh?
Someone or some company called Seven Hundred made those and guess what else?
They’ve made LOADS more!

What Does A Tickle Look Like?

Well, I don’t think I need to introduce you to this guy…

Ah, Mr. Tickle.
Probably the first guy that I idolised.
I remember reading the Mr Tickle book as a wee boy and thinking how cool it would be if I could lie in bed and stretch my arms out of the window, down the road, across town, up and in through some unsuspecting victim’s window and tickle them!

I’d probably get arrested if I pulled a stunt like that in real life.

This week marks 40 years of Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men books and I’m so glad that they’re still around.
I have all of those books (Including all of The Little Miss ones too!) and one at a time, I’m slowly giving them to my Niece and Nephew to read.
My Nephew likes to read them and my Niece likes to eat the pages.
“Whatever makes you happy!” I always say 🙂

The Mr Men story started way back in 1971 when one morning, Roger Hargreaves’ Son asked him this question:
“What does a tickle look like?”
And so, Mr Tickle was born!

From the Mr Men website:

The small, white square form at of Mr. Men and Little Miss storybooks were an instant success, selling more than one million copies in the first three years alone. From the books, the Mr. Men were later immortalised by the BBC in the 1970’s in a TV series with legendary British actor Arthur Lowe as narrator.

Since the 1980’s, the books, TV series and a weatlth of other products have become available all over the world. Today you can find the Mr. Men or Little Misses as clothing, DVD’s, sweets, toys, toiletries, medical care, bags, novelty gifts, stationery, homeware, digital apps and more. A Mr. Men book is now sold every 2.5 seconds worldwide!

In 2011, as the characters celebrate their 40th anniversary, the affection felt for the assortment of diverse characters by the generations raised with these books is stronger than ever before. Mr. Men and Little Miss are so versatile, they appeal to everyone. It really is the world’s biggest, brightest, funniest self expression brand.

Adam Hargreaves, the boy whose question spawned this global empire, is now the writer and illustrator of the world’s most recognisable books.

So it’s a very Happy 40th Birthday to The Mr Men and as a special treat, I’m gonna show you something REALLY COOL!
All you have to do is click HERE.

Andy Warhol’s “Little Red Hen”.

If the text wasn’t there to tell me,
I don’t think I would recognise the illustration artwork of the late great Andy Warhol

Those illustrations are for the children’s story “The Little Ren Hen” and are pretty much the exact opposite of everything Andy Warhol was known for.

Warhol was a book illustrator from 1957-1961 and what can I say?
These drawings just don’t do anything for me.

A children’s tale illustrated by Andy Warhol?

That’s a rare thing.

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