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My Wife Becky and “My Friend Rabbit”

Becky’s gotten a few illustrators with honorable mentions but it took years for a Caldecott Winner to grace her arm.  So when it finally happened, it naturally happened back-to-back: first Kevin Henkes, then Eric Rohmann.  Rohmann was touring for Oh, No! a book he’d illustrated for his wife, author Candace Fleming.  Since Becky prefers that the…

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Becky’s Arm Gets a Caldecott Medalist

With Books & Books’ attracting the best and the brightest of the book world, and Becky capturing their visits with personalized tattoos, it was only a matter of time before a Caldecott medalist graced The Arm.  The Caldecott Medal honors the “most distinguished American picture book for children” each year.  Like an actor who is…

Becky’s Arm Part 6: Cloudette

You know that feeling you get when something you see is so cute, you want to eat it up?  For some it’s a baby’s fat juicy foot.  For others it’s a kitten’s fuzzy little face.  For me it’s Tom Lichtenheld’s too-cute-for-life Cloudette.  To hear him tell it, cuteness involves two things: a large forehead and keeping…

Becky’s Arm Part 5: Llama Llama

When it comes to Anna Dewdney, folks are all about Llama Llama.  With good reason; apart from Mo Willems’ pigeon, Llama Llama is the most instantly recognizable figure on Becky’s arm.  We’ll be a the grocery store, or Disney World, or picking Dylan up from after-school care, and we’ll hear a small voice call out,…

Becky’s Arm Goes Presidential

There’s a mix of nostalgia and modernism in Loren Long’s illustrating style that makes everything he does look like an instant classic.  I mean, look at that cover.  That’s Blueberries for Sal, that’s The Snowy Day, that’s a warm hug disguised as the dustjacket on a children’s book.  Eric Carle gave heart, Mo Willems gave…

Becky’s Arm Part 3: Lane Smith’s “It’s a Book”

Lane Smith’s It’s a Book explores the tension between the digital world and the written word, yet it’s a children’s book.  How cool is that?  For kids you’ve got a monkey, a mouse, a jackass, and the thrill of being able to say “jackass.”  For adults – especially bibliophiles – you’ve got the affirmation that this:…

Becky Becomes “The Girl with the Pigeon Tattoo”

Here’s a fun fact about Mo Willems: he pronounces Knuffle Bunny “kuh-nuffle bunny,” exactly as a child would.  Here’s another: he purposely makes his characters easy for his 5-year-old fans to copy.  In other words, Mo knows what children like. When Mo visited Books & Books, Becky only had one other tattoo.  Thankfully it was from the…