August 24, 2011
1. The act of violating faith or allegiance; violation of a promise or vow; faithlessness; treachery.
Origin: Perfidy comes from from Latin perfidia, from perfidus, faithless, treacherous, false, from per-, through (perhaps connoting deviation or infringement, or perhaps explicable by qui per fidem decipit, "who through faith or trust deceives") + fides, faith.
August 23, 2011
August 22, 2011
Tomorrow is a big day here at the studio. Matthew Reinhart’s newest pop-up books will be released to bookstores across the world!
Puppies, Kittens and Other Pop-up Pets pairs fun rhymes with big bold pop-ups and pull tabs. Young readers will get to learn about six different pets that you would find at home.
Rescue: Pop-up Emergency Vehicles shows you five different rescue vehicles and the heroes that operate them to help save the day.
This new pop-up series features Reinhart’s colorful cut-paper collage across five spreads. The 8-inch square softcover books are made from thicker glossy paper and were designed specifically for curious little hands. For many years, we have wanted to create simpler books for a younger reader and we are excited that the day has finally come when we can offer that you for under $7. So get to your favorite booksellers to order your copies today!
1. To go into or reside in the country; to pursue a rustic life.
1. To require or compel to reside in the country; to banish or send away temporarily.
2. (Chiefly British) To suspend from school or college.
3. To build with usually rough-surfaced masonry blocks having beveled or rebated edges producing pronounced joints.
4. To lend a rustic character to; to cause to become rustic.
Origin: Rusticate comes from the past participle of Latin rusticari, "to live in the country," from rusticus, "rural, rustic, from rus, "the country."
August 17, 2011
His work reminds me a lot of Eyvind Earle's work-- graphic, bright colors, and nature based images. But McCarthy also does these amazing gradients in his prints that add atmosphere and mood to the pieces. The bright colors against stark black images really pull you in. Sometimes he's subtle with the color, other times he's full on rainbow!
Check out more of Dan McCarthy's work here and his most recent show here!
1. Capable of laughing; disposed to laugh.
2. Exciting or provoking laughter; worthy of laughter; laughable; amusing.
3. Relating to, connected with, or used in laughter; as, "risible muscles."
Origin: Risible comes from Late Latin risibilis, from the past participle of Latin ridere, "to laugh, to laugh at." The noun is risibility.
August 16, 2011
August 20, 2011 at 11:00 am
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August 11, 2011
The short-horned lizard wins our prize for most disgusting personal habit. Some species of this lizard defend themselves from predators by squirting blood from their eyes -- for up to five feet! The lizards make the blood vessels burst by restricting blood flow from their heads. Gross.
Want to learn more? Check out the book Bloody Horned Lizards (Gross-Out Defenses) by Lori Haskins Houran.
August 9, 2011
Library of Congress National Book Festival
September 24 10:00am-5:30pm
August 8, 2011
August 5, 2011
1. Full of or expressing high-spirited merriment; light-hearted; mirthful.
Origin: Jocund is from Old French jocond, from Latin jucundus, "pleasant, agreeable, delightful," from juvare, "to please, to delight."
August 4, 2011
Love is in the air around the studio so I thought I would feature another antique valentine. Like most mass-market valentine cards, this little guy speaks for itself. Which is a good thing, since I have no information on this piece. Measuring 3” wide by 5” tall this Valentine is a typical of the cards constructed in the early 1900’s. It is diecut out of one piece of stiff card and appears to be chromolithography. The mechanic is the standard single box layer, in this case of a creepy kid with a flower wreath bearing the label “Love’s Joy”. The child with the pageboy haircut and piercing eyes is kneeling before the viewer in front of what appears to be an arch or upside down horseshoe of hearts. Below the text reads, “There’s no escape my Valentine. I have your Heart and you have mine.”
A little spooky right? On the reverse we find that the pop-up has been patched but can still read the inscription: “To Margaret Munden. From Pearl Ganes.” Looks like Pearl practiced in pencil before moving to the blue fountain pen. I was excited to receive this card, but I always wondered how Margaret felt about the sentiment in this love token.
August 3, 2011
USS Nautilus departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on July 23, 1958 to embark on "Operation Northwest Passage" which would be the first crossing of the North Pole by submarine. The 111 man crew and 4 civilian scientists accomplished this on August 3, 1958.
August 2, 2011
I'm not sure this is a pancake I'd look forward to eating!
August 1, 2011
1. Lacking spirit or liveliness; showing lack of interest; languid; listless.
Lackadaisical comes from the expression lackadaisy, a variation of lackaday, itself a shortening of "alack the day"