about a week and a half back we got quite possibly the coolest package in the mail. a complete, out-of-the-blue, absolutely delightful surprise of two books…Bee and Bird and Lots of Dots sent to us by the author Craig Frazier.
we love these books. Craig’s images are playful and fun, the books are visually amazing and playful. Bee and Bird doesn’t have words, just images that play with the concept of perspective. it’s lovely and fun and, in my opinion, its striking but spare images stretch the imagination in all the right directions.
this whole thing came about when we did an art project based off the images in Craig’s book Lots of Dots after checking it out at the library. we used dots stickers to make our own images, here is our project. I emailed Craig’s studio to share our project with him. I figured it’s nice for me when I hear of other inspired by my classes or projects, so it’s probably nice for an artist to hear they inspired kids. I never expected to hear from him! but, he wrote back and asked for our address…then I kind of forgot about it. until this package arrived!
he even signed the books directly to the boys. isn’t that sweet? and he busted out some awesome first letters at the top of the page! both boys are thrilled. these are really super special books in our family library now.
C keeps talking about how he would like to be an author-illustrator when he grows up (and a race car driver and a Dad, btw). it could be the equivalent of my childhood dream to be a princess-President or it could be something more grounded in reality. who knows? but getting a surprise paper package like this from someone with his dream grown-up life is, at the very least, a seed of inspiration. thanks Craig! we are fans for life!