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Little Miss Brontë JANE EYRE

An open letter to Jennifer Adams, and to Alison Oliver, who illustrated this board book:

Dear Jennifer and Alison,

I don't know either of you, but you have both sincerely made my day. I have purchased a copy of the book, subtitled "A Counting Primer", for my young niece. Not because I think she'll love it, although it is possible that she might, but because I expect that my brother will just about pee himself laughing over it, which totally makes it worth the money I paid for it (about $9, plus or minus).

You see, the text is really quite simple. (E.g., "One governess.") But there are a few places in the book with additional text as part of the illustration - like the reminder on the "Three Candles" page to not leave candles burning overnight. Or the quotes from the text of Jane Eyre on the "Nine Pearls" and "Ten Books" pages. And the illustrations are spot-on perfection. Alison Oliver uses a muted palette for this book, which is, interestingly enough, echoed in many of the Jane Eyre movie adaptations and/or book covers, as I discovered when using Google images to see if I could find the first two-page spread for you. (I couldn't - but you can "look inside this book" at Amazon and see the first two pages, albeit not side-by-side as they actually appear when you open the book.)

Kudos to the author and/or editor for coming up with this crazy idea, which is described as follows: "BablyLit(TM) is a fashionable way to introduce your child to the world of classic literature." Additional BabyLit titles include Little Miss Austen Pride & Prejudice: A Counting Primer, Little Master Carroll Alice in Wonderland: A Color Primer, and Little Master Shakespeare Romeo & Juliet: A Counting Primer.

And special kudos to the illustrator for the way her folk-artish illustrations make these books such a delight.

You can see internal spreads from Jane Eyre and Alice in Wonderland in Alison Oliver's blog post about these books. You can see spreads from Romeo and Juliet and Pride & Prejudice at this other of her posts. (And really, you want to see these. Trust me.)

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Mar. 15th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
I bought Little Miss Austen: Pride and Prejudice for my nieces . . . AND THEN I KEPT IT FOR MYSELF! *evil laugh*

I desperately need this one.
Mar. 16th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)
I may need that one for myself also.

Edited at 2012-03-16 03:11 am (UTC)
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Mar. 16th, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)

I really wish I had thought of it. And written it. And I kinda want to pet it and keep it for myself.
Mar. 16th, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
These books sound so adorable :). Great baby gift idea. Thanks!
Mar. 16th, 2012 03:14 am (UTC)
Just wait until you see them for real - they are in a B&N near you, I'm certain (unlike my book, which is NOT in any local B&Ns near me). But these are adorable. And I wish I'd thought of them. Of course, if I had thought of them, they would probably still be unpublished - it helps that the author is also an editor at the house that put these out.
Mar. 17th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
Will have to look for them. Maybe you could do a series featuring Shakespearean gnomes :) (Dobbins' idea).
Mar. 17th, 2012 10:35 pm (UTC)
Dobbins is a genius. And you can take that to the bank.
Mar. 18th, 2012 01:10 pm (UTC)
You're a constant inspiration to him. :)
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