Meet the bird-butler Earnest

July 3, 2009 at 10:33 am | Posted in Book reviews, Education, Kids and reading, Mystery books | Leave a comment
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Wonderful demonstrates his skills in book series

One morning my husband Clay asked if I wanted to meet a book illustrator. The Kent Art Association, in the wonderful village of Kent CT, was hosting a program by Carl Chaiet. I had never heard of him, but as a new book publisher, I am always looking to meet other artistis and writers.

carl chaietIt was well worth the trip. Carl is an unusual illustrator with wonderful ideas and a great understanding of words. His three books tell the stories of Telfor, a “famous” lexicographer” and his bird-butler Earnest. Their travels take them around the world  searching for prefect words. They also involve adventure, giant flies, camels who spit and unsavory characters. His first book, Being Earnest,  is out-of-print, but his next two are well worth purchasing.

Books for both reading and collecting.

carl chaiet2The 10X12 oversized books give you a chance to appreciate Carl’s illustrations. (The quailty of the illustrations leave you wondering if this is truly a children’s book or you should keep it for yourself.

And an unusual note: Carl mentions that his son Max’s picture is hidden in most of the paintings. See if  you can find him.

On his website Carl mentions that his books can be found in the Hudson Valley at Merritt Bookstore, Oblong Books and Music and The Hickory Stick Bookshop. They are also available on Amazon.

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