Cindy Helms

Cindy Helms is a visual artist, author, and illustrator known for designing unusual projects. For Ms. Helms, art is created from curious and whimsical combinations of mediums, shapes, textures and colors. Her artwork includes acrylic paintings, paper machè, mosaics, graphic design, and colored pencil illustrations. In her unique and simple children’s books, Ms. Helms' artwork comes to life in characters that enchant children and adults alike.

After many years as an IT manager, another many years as a stay-at-home mom, and yet another many years designing and building sets for musical theater productions, Ms. Helms has set her artistic self free launching her artwork into the professional arena with the publication of children's books: Who's New, and Outside, Inside (also in Spanish as Afuera, Adentro), and Polygonsters.

Ms. Helms holds degrees from Depauw University and the University of Denver and continues to study, exploring artwork for children in particular on a daily basis.

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“succeeds in providing documentation for how thinking is changing, debating, and making ideological accommodations over time, as understandings deepen, and relationships are strengthened.”

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To say that Christopher Wood’s A History of Art History is erudite would be a serious understatement.

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“a clever must-read.”

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“A $450 million price tag. And what of that? Was it 500 years of history that warranted that exorbitant amount? Or was it the spiritual aura?”

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“Edvard Munch: Love and Angst is clear and deliberate in its scope and raises awareness of a highly prolific, yet mostly hidden side of the artist, ultimately just

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“Well-produced and intriguing, Daily Bread is a touching and sincere project with huge potential to influence the next generation and perhaps eke out some more healthful lifelong h

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“Seeing the Sacred in Samsara is a wonder, a one-of-a-kind collection that fought the odds over tumultuous decades to come into being.

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So much about Iraq has been destroyed over the last few decades. The country has suffered great indignities. Rampage, war, revolution, and still, to this day, misunderstanding on a global scale.

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“Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art tells many wild and rowdy stories about legendary artists and their work, and the gallery owners t

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“a solid choice for a novice Leonardo enthusiast, curated by a seasoned Renaissance specialist.”

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“This exhibition is surely a testament to the longevity and influence of Hockney himself. . . .

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Dogs are running hither and tither, wild and free, as playful and mischievous as Elliot Elam’s scene on the cover of Christopher Reid’s Old Toffer's Book of Consequential Dogs.

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“What’s Your Favorite Bug? is a creative stand out, a little collection so full of personality that the reader will be tempted to look fo

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“Hitting a nerve that can at times be very raw and complicated, You Are Your Strong is, at its core, an educational resource for early elementary developmental and therapeutic serv

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“Sometimes agreeing to be friends and roommates is the family structure that will be the most emotionally successful . . .”

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“Dreaming in Code is an important project, promoting girls’ contributions in science, and an inspiration to young people in search of creative outlets for their un

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Todd McLellan must be the most painstakingly patient still-life photographer in the world.

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“Floaties, sand bucket, and shovel optional, The Quiet Crocodile Goes to the Beach is all about enjoying an outing with friends.”

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“Ruskin and Blake, though living over a century apart, remain intellectual simpaticos and well-matched creative partners, making The King of the Golden River a fabulous classical s

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Already generating a ton of pre-press buzz, and rightfully so, Zen Happiness is a book to get excited about!

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“Fantastic Toys will send the reader off on a creative journey that ultimately is not limited to these 11 inventions.”

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“‘Florence received its greatest gift with the birth of Leonardo, and lost infinitely more with his death.’ Da Vinci was so much more than an artist; he brought sophistication and reverie t

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“The Short Story of Modern Art will allow the reader to feel more at ease, more confident, and more educated about the world of art.”

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“Paul Klee: Life and Work gathers together the full spectrum of Klee’s frame of mind, revealing his character through his artistic personality.”

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“In a clean, straightforward manner, Raud spins a darling story. The message is clear, but not preachy or imparted from a moral high ground.

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“The Bluest of Blues represents a win for spotlighting the significant historical contributions of a uniquely talented woman who was gifted with an imagination in

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“Gittel's Journey: An Ellis Island Story is historical fiction at its picture book finest.” 

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“Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory defends Bonnard’s surprising historical significance, pushing him forward from the traditional French art history shelf onwar

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“Color and Light highlights the life and key artistic periods of a painter who participated heavily in moving color to a dramatic new level.”

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“Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship is a well-rounded, satisfying, and readable collection.”

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“Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Imaginary Travels traces the life and works of this fascinating German artist during an exceptionally trying historical time period.”

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“there really is nothing that is not captivating about Bruegel and Bruegel: The Master has done all it can to present an extraordinary, comprehensive, savvy and scholarly survey of

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“I (Heart) Art gives youngsters their own elegant and timeless pocket museum that they can visit time and time again, independently, at their own pace, and, above

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“New colors are created every day and their future longevity will still hinge on reducing toxicity, discovering renewable sources, and finding new applications in both the arts and the scie

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“does an admirable job making connections between Gauguin’s artwork, the international settings, and sculptural artifacts.”

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“Gall’s collages will cause much shoulder shrugging, eye rolling, and brain scratching. And thank heavens for that.” 

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“Hugs and Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug is simple, lovely, effective, and well suited to the youngest of readers.”

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“Rosetsu: Ferocious Brush will continue to promote this masterfully exciting artist to a much broader audience and help narrow the perception gap between Eastern a

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“an exquisite book about a poignantly wretched little girl and everything she represented.”   

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“Dimensionism: Modern Art in the Age of Einstein documents the expansive influence of modern scientific discovery on art and art theory . . .”

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“The Atlas Obscura Explorers Guide for the Worlds Most Adventurous Kid

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“The Art of Looking explains in layperson’s vernacular why investing oneself in art history matters at both a personal level and to the community at large.”

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“The Word Is Art highlights the unique ability of artists to manipulate different forms of language, and distill them into a common understanding of humanity.

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“Franklin and Luna Go to the Moon demonstrates the satisfaction of finding out where your roots are, even if they are far, far away.”

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”Vienna 1900 Complete [is] a formidable, comprehensive, well-rounded collection of design and artwork from a pivotal point in modern history.”

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“Churchill: The Statesman as Artist is a comprehensive assembly of Churchill’s contributions as an artist as critical to, yet distinct from, his legendary role as

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“Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing marks a unique milestone offering a generous souvenir of his extensive paper-based oeuvre, a miraculously well-preserved body

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“addresses the evolving nature of art, who is considered an artist, and how to incorporate these treasures into our own personal, cultural, and national identities.”

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Hands-on assembly is the result of this project based book, Terrific Timelines: Fashion. Part of a series of Terrific Timelines titles, including chronologically lined-up Dinosaurs

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“Compliments to Krysa for recognizing the greatness in these women.

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“Written by a writer, educator, and art historian, and presented in a compact seven by seven inch size, The Face: Our Human Story is an entirely approachable, relatable and enjoyab

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“A fun book, a simple but still captivating story, and attractive design make Evie and The Truth About Witches a good choice for the Halloween season, or for any other time when so

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“it is projects like Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker that will continue to add to the collective intrigue.”

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Hélène Druvert is clearly a talented artist and designer as evident in her previous projects Paris Up, Up and Away (2016), Mary Poppins Up, Up and Away (2017) and again here with

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On Sunday, May 21, 2017, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus gave their final “Greatest Show on Earth” performance in Uniondale, NY.

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Alexander Calder: From the Stony River to the Sky is the catalog publication that accompanies an art exhibit by the same name, staged in rural Great Britain, 150 miles west of L

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“Time for Bed, Miyuki contains the type of rich and vibrant pretend play-life one hopes is inherent in every child.”

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Everyone loves John Yeoman (b. 1934) and Quentin Blake (b. 1932), at least everyone old enough to remember their quirky stories.

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Star in the Jar is a bedtime story . . . but not really.

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Readers of the English language might take one look at words such as Cwmystradllyn, Tre’r Ceiri, Moelwynion, Gwastadnant, and Llanfairpwllgwyngyll and turn around, hands in the ai

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“Classy and scholarly, punchy and approachable, Jean Dubuffet and the City demonstrates what future research and curating could offer to the next generation of art history publicat

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Published to coincide with the first major Berthe Morisot international exhibition in decades, if ever (this is, in fact, the first exhibition of its kind to be held in Canada), Berthe Morisot,

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“Young children are likely to connect with this book on several levels.”

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In 1997 Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863) scholar Barthélémy Jobert published a monograph to honor the 200th birthday of this perplexing 19th century painter.

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“delightful and original.”

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John S. Dixon seems the perfect person to write The Christian Year in Painting as an art historian, professor, and the arts correspondent for a Catholic newspaper.

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Van Gogh and the Seasons is everything one would want in a Vincent van Gogh monograph and much more.

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“It is the creative and bouncy artwork that will keep readers engaged and willing to carry on to the next page.” 

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Sargent: The Masterworks is a beautifully illustrated biographical narrative of the American Impressionist painter John Singer Sargent (1856–1925).

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A dream come true. This is what Frank Verlizzo, aka Fraver, has been living.

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It’s hard to imagine how a relatively short time span could have a far reaching artistic or historic impact. But the fact is that this phenomenon is quite common in our modern art era.

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“One-Track Mind demonstrates just how impressive one man’s private life-time passion can be.

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Reviewers can’t seem to get enough of Middleton’s Double Vision.

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The world of a children’s book writer is often spinning in a chaotically counterproductive whirlwind of messy, clumsy pitfalls.

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From the design table of Marianne Dubuc comes a wordless picture book, The Fish and the Cat, to add to her illustrious collection of a dozen-plus picture books.

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Targeted toward 8–12 year olds, A Journey Through Art takes a fresh and fun look at art throughout the eras and around the world.

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Edward Sullivan’s Making the Americans Modern is a highly academic study of art work during this particular 50-year period in history.

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Engaging in the thoughtful question, “Is there anybody else out there?”, Curiosity, the rover, goes on a 350,000,000 mile journey into the universe to find some answers.

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From Morning to Night is an English translation of a recently published French edition.

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“thought provoking and interesting.”

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Many people have a hard time remembering what they ate for lunch, what they did yesterday or last weekend, or where they put their eyeglasses and keys.

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“cute and highly appropriate for a toddler bedtime tuck-in.”

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“One can almost imagine Cinderella’s fairy godmother bibbidy-bobbidy-booing her way around with a postmodern fanfare.”

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Edgar Degas (1834–1917). Two words and a date range that make a pregnant, robust statement.

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Susie Hodge, with her depth and breadth of experience in art history, delivers an approachable panorama of an enigmatic category of art history referred to as Modern Art.

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“A bold and ambitious project, Jasper Johns: Pictures within Pictures, 1980–2015 serves as the most comprehensive collection to date of Johns’ mature work.”

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“All three stories and the illustrations are remarkably creative and fun.”

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Paris, France. The artistic capital of the world in the 19th century. Inheriting the title at the end of the Italian Renaissance, it became a mecca of all things artful.

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“as our fore-artists set the example, so shall we copy.”

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Ripping, tearing, shredding, mixing, matching, blending . . . artist-illustrator Sabini has collaged his way from Italy to the U.S. with his previous activity book Paper Zoo.

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Franklin’s Flying Bookshop is an easygoing narrative about sharing the love of reading with friends.

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“It is touching to make the realization that, when all else fails, one will never be alone while there exists a moon.”

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“Lines is subdued, yet powerful. Muted, yet vibrant. Classic, but fresh. In essence, a work of art.”

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Spanning a course of over 300 years (1277–early 1600s) and encompassing a legacy of no fewer than 50 Popes (Pope Nicholas III–Clement VIII), Art of Renaissance Rome provides a narrow cross

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“Art Up Close contains great variety, excellent selection, and attractive presentation: a wonderful way to teach art history.”

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“This is one fun, lively, and attractive book.”

Innovative design combines with traditional story telling in the sweet and simple The Quiet Crocodile.

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Paper artist Dennis (Papercut Wilderness, 2017) and children’s activity book writer Hutchinson (Neon Nature Colouring & Sticker Activity Book, 2016), both based in England, ma

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“With captivating characters, smart text and free-flowing illustrations The Cranky Caterpillar will resonate beautifully with readers.”

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While most children readily acknowledge the presence and existence of God and His place in their lives, it is another matter altogether for them to understand God’s place in religion.

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“a very good book.”

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“a beautiful if hefty volume that will serve well as a fundamental study of de Kooning.”

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Elaborate and detailed illustrations dominate this story of a grumpy girl named Ivy and the lonely little raincloud who befriends her.

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13 Art Materials Children Should Know is the latest installment to Prestel’s Children Should Know series.

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Good Wives and Warriors, aka Becky Bolton and Louise Chappell, let out all the stops in this highly imaginative coloring book.

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“a super-engaging and thoughtful book, just fine for a quick and casual read, but better for a lingering one.”

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Honar: The Afkhami Collection of Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art is an incredible journey through a foreign Middle East world that is, for many Americans, veiled in taboo, fear, and mi

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What do an East African oryx, a turquoise-browed motmot, a Malayan tapir, an echidna, and kelp gull have in common?

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The Instill and Inspire volume is a comprehensive presentation of works lovingly and intentionally brought together by an African American couple, for African American artists, on behalf o

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“Type Tells Tales widens typographical horizons, showcasing a variety of creative ways artists push the design boundaries of traditional lettering.”

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“inviting and engaging . . . a well-presented lure into the potentially overwhelming world of art history.”

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Why is an armadillo covered in armor? Just how lazy is a sloth? Why does a beaver chomp through trees? Just what is a binturong?

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Absurd and atypical anecdotes pair up with bewildered drawings in Leonora Carrington’s The Milk of Dreams. A good choice for young readers looking for something different.

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If one were to think that nothing more could possibly be written about the iconic Georgia O’Keeffe that hasn’t already been researched, analyzed, or discussed, then one has not yet perused this gem

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Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) was a German philosopher with controversial theories about everything from art, literature, politics, economics, and the gamut in between.

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“this nonfiction book on electricity touches on nothing factual and goes no further in explaining electricity than the plug and the wire.”

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The color blue holds many meanings both positive and negative. In many faith traditions the color is symbolic of virtue, holiness, or of the divine.

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As one of the most internationally renowned artists, René Magritte (1898–1967) was also one of the strangest, a testament to his mastery of the surrealist style.

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Of Dogs and Other People: The Art of Roy De Forest does a wonderful job of presenting both the person of Roy De Forest and the artwork he created.

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Author and illustrator Roger Duvoisin (1900–1980) was a Swiss artist who immigrated to the United States in the late 1920s.

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“This story is a gem, rich with artistry and meaning.”

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“a treasure that will lure a new generation of readers, rendering them life-long fans of Pettson and Findus.”

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“a very readable and enjoyable picture book.”

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“a charming and very satisfying read.”

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Chelo Manchego tackles a poignant and universal issue in his book The Want Monsters.

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Who knew that a basic, everyday umbrella could be more than a simple shelter from the weather? The five imaginative, fun loving characters in The Green Umbrella certainly did.

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“a remarkable job of taming a wealth of loony and preposterous Dalian information into a fun, well presented, and entirely manageable package.”

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When an Elephant Falls in Love is an adorable story with a sneak peek into the heart of love’s first nibbles. It is sweet and simple, tender and relatable.

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“one of the most influential French artists of the 20th century . . .

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Rudy, a naively determined and enthusiastically optimistic tree frog, joins the ranks of SpongeBob and Dory as Brian Smith and Mike Raicht team up to deliver another fun and adventurous graphic nov

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The team of Heinz Janisch and Lisbeth Zwerger returns with a revision of Stories of the Bible, originally published in 2002.

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“. . . a lesson about knowing what it takes to be an artist. A lesson about accepting and respecting our unique stories and points of view.”

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Show & Tell Me the World by Tom Schamp is an oversized picture book dictionary with a smattering of everything from houses and food to the four seasons; from air, land, and sea creatur

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The Cantankerous Crow by Lennart Hellsing and Poul Strøyer is a retelling of a classic Swedish tale from the 1950s.

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“bold and beautifully designed . . . eye catching and informative.”

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Before even opening the book Ship of Dreams by Dean Morrissey, the cover illustration is enchanting, luring, and curiosity piquing, beckoning one to a realm of dreamy fantasy and nostalgia

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Just in time for winter! Cartoonist Chris Britt has created a wonderful, wintery, warm-hearted tale ready for the ranks of Rudolph and Frosty.

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Vincent Van Gogh was one of those artists who brought the fullness of his unique character to his lifestyle, his relationships, and his artwork.

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Jon Klassen returns with the third installation of the Hat trilogy.

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The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, written by Michelle Cuevas with illustrations by Erin Stead, is unique in its story and powerfully engaging.

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Claire Garralon’s Black Cat & White Cat is a short, simple walk through a world of visual contrast.

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Avi’s story collection The Most Important Thing brings to life seven very real family situations and experiences that are quite common today.