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Comic by Lisa Brown

Beastly Boy

On the wall of my living room is a drawing by the late artist Tomi Ungerer. It’s of a bearded man in medieval garb clutching a book and an enormous knife. He’s grinning wickedly at a child screaming in a boiling cauldron, heated by a pile of burning books. The piece is for the cover of a children’s-book exhibition catalog from 1965.

Illustration by Lorraine Name

What the Bear Doesn’t Know [private]

Our daughter talked early and walked late and was a lover of books even before she could talk. So it is not always easy to reconstruct the chronology of her enthusiasms for the stories we read to her and the make-believe they inspired, especially now that she is a few years older than her mother and I were at her birth. The difficulty has not deterred us: “Storytime” has become a story in itself for our family, a mythology all our own, though the telling calls up emotions any aging parent might claim.

Illustration by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

The Abuses of Enchantment [private]

“Once upon a time, in a faraway land across the big sea, there was a very old city,” the old man with the very thick glasses said in his very thick accent. “It bordered on some woods and there, in a little house close to them, many many years ago, a boy was born.” 

Story and illustration by Øyvind Torseter

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I was visiting my grandparents in the old house...

"We should have some cake after dinner."

"You need to think about your heart."

"I have to go to the loo."

By Kaylani Juanita

Starfruit

Late one night, Sun and Moon decided to chase a shooting Star. They'd never seen Star up close, and tonight seemed like a good night for it.

Illustration by JooHee Yoon

The Little Book of Abnormalities

Edward Lear (1812-1888) was an English writer, painter, and lyricist. He is most well-known for his "nonsense verse" and for popularizing the format of the limerick. These pages include some of his poems that feature an assortment of peculiar folk, collected by illustrator JooHee Yoon.

By Aaron and Jessixa Bagley

Anvil

It was a strange time to be alive. Things moved fast. Everyone was in a hurry. Nobody looked where they were going. Or into each other's eyes.

The Garden

Tear along the perforation and unfold. Hold a light source up to the backside of the underwater scene to reveal creatures hiding in the depths. 

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