Friday, December 23, 2011
Friday's Forgotten Books: JINGLE BELLS illustrated by J.P. Miller
This is my favorite Christmas book. It has been since I was young enough (though not a child, I now realize) to appreciate the cozy expertise of J.P. Miller's warm illustrations. I have here a copy somewhere (or perhaps I gave it to my daughter for her daughter - can't remember) but if I should stumble across another copy at some garage sale, I'd snatch it up.
I know it's probably available in a new Golden Books edition, but it wouldn't be the same. J.P. Miller, an early animator for Walt Disney, was another brilliant illustrator in an era when great artwork and childrens' books were synonymous. When it comes to Christmas, nobody made it more fun than Miller did in this wonderful book.
All I have to do is look at these illustrations and suddenly I'm a kid again.
To read an appreciation of Miller, his life and work, please use this link.
To learn about Miller's use of color, please use this link.
Since this is Friday Forgotten Book Day, don't forget to check in at Todd Mason's blog, SWEET FREEDOM. He is collecting and posting the links today for Patti Nase Abbott who is on leave for the holidays. Todd will be doing this good deed for the next couple of weeks.