The Lady & the Unicorn

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By Béatrice Fontanel, Vanessa Hié (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781648961236
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press - March 15th, 2022

Inspired by the Unicorn Tapestries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, this is a phenomenally illustrated AND educational book about art history, magic, and all of the qualities that makes a good fairytale. The back matter is amazingly detailed and a fun read for future artists or art historians!


Ablaze with Color

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By Jeanne Walker Harvey, Loveis Wise (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063021891
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Published: HarperCollins - February 22nd, 2022

Ablaze with Color tells the story of Alma Thomas, a pioneer of the art world and the first Black woman to have art displayed in the White House. The beautiful, brightly colored illustrations along with the engaging storytelling makes this the perfect book for young artists.


My Neigbor Hayao

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My Neighbor Hayao: Art Inspired by the Films of  Miyazaki Cover Image
By Spoke Art Gallery (Compiled by), Jorge R. Gutiérrez (Introduction by), Ken Harman (Preface by)
ISBN: 9782374951355
Availability: On Order at the Wholesaler
Published: Cernunnos - October 6th, 2020

Brilliant minds reimagining the brilliant world of the the brilliant animator, Hayao Miyazaki. If my overuse of the word "brilliant" doesn't convey my love for this collectible art book, I don't know what will. Open the pages, and you'll see what I mean.


A Million Llamas

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A Million Llamas: Lovable Llamas to Color Cover Image
ISBN: 9781454711285
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Published: Union Square Kids - March 16th, 2021

Unfortunately, I'm pretty grumpy by this point in the summer, so I glom onto anything that gives me a smile. This coloring book does just that. Its odd siren call hits me like my staff pick How to Draw Cute Beasts with its cuteness. As it happens, it's not just llamas in here. There's a whole slew of adorable animals in absurd situations. Grab some shiny gel pens or colored pencils and relax with a million llamas.


How to Draw Cute Beasts

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ISBN: 9781454941224
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Published: Union Square Kids - August 18th, 2020

Both Rebecca and Stacey considered staff picking this one, so surprise extra staff pick! In addition to being adorable, Rebecca said that this book made her feel like she could draw well. Stacey found it super relaxing and enjoyable (especially having always found zentangles to be stressful). If you're looking for a little joy and a creativity boost, try this book!


Comics: Easy as ABC!

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Comics: Easy as ABC: The Essential Guide to Comics for Kids Cover Image
By Ivan Brunetti, Francoise Mouly (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781943145393
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Published: Toon Graphics - April 2nd, 2019


I get a lot of requests for drawing books...and it’s not just because I’m an art professor! Full of cartooning exercises, this book is great if you’re looking for a summertime activity, or know a kid who’s into comics.


Michelangelo: God’s Architect

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ISBN: 9780691195490
Published: Princeton University Press - November 19th, 2019


William E. Wallace’s lifetime of research clearly informs this wonderfully written account of the last two decades of Michelangelo’s life when he designs and directs the construction of the new St. Peter’s in Rome. Wallace convincingly immerses you what is was like to live in sixteenth -century Rome as well as providing great insight into the genius of Michelangelo’s artistry. 



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Art: The Definitive Visual Guide Cover Image
By Andrew Graham Dixon, Ross King (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781465474759
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: DK - September 4th, 2018


Every house should have one! Paging through this beautiful volume can light up your mind with humanity's creative pageant, as well as inspire, elucidate and finally identify that certain half-remembered  painting (the one with the thing) that you've been trying to recall for years now...


Go Team Venture!

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Go Team Venture!: The Art and Making of The Venture Bros. Cover Image
ISBN: 9781506704876
Availability: Available at Wholesaler
Published: Dark Horse Books - July 31st, 2018


Whether you're a long-time Venture Bros fan or an animation devotee looking for your next obsession, this is the art book for you. Peek inside the genius of Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick to see how things move from idea to production to your TV sets! This thing is as comprehensive as one of The Monarch's schemes. IGNORE ME!


The Last Painting of Sara De Vos

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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250118325
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Published: Picador - April 4th, 2017


A painting links a rare female artist of the Dutch Golden Age with a scion and grad student in "Mad Men" era Manhattan.  Developed, simpatico characters and finely wrought double-crossing in past and present Netherlands, Manhattan, and Sydney make this a very satisfying read. Great for summer, travel, or book groups.



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