We just got into the office copies of one of our fall books that I'm super-excited about: Nursery Rhyme Comics.
It's gorgeous! And also exciting.
Here's how this book works.
We asked fifty cartoonists we really like to each transform a classic nursery rhyme into a comic. It turns out when you have a rhyme like 'Jack & Jill' (Jack and Jill went up the hill / to fetch a pail of water / Jack fell down and broke his crown / and Jill came tumbling after), there's a reasonable narrative panel structure there. So turning nursery rhymes into comics makes sense logically — and it also makes the separate actions of the narrative easily understandable for young readers.
It came out to be awesome.
Here's who did nursery rhymes for us:
Nick Abadzis; Andrew Arnold; Kate Beaton; Vera Brosgol; Nick Bruel; Scott Campbell; Lilli Carre; Roz Chast; JP Coovert; Jordan Crane; Rebecca Dart; Eleanor Davis; Vanessa Davis; Theo Ellsworth; Matt Forsythe; Jules Feiffer; Bob Flynn; Alexis Frederick-Frost; Ben Hatke; Gilbert Hernandez; Jaime Hernandez; Lucy Knisley; David Macaulay; Mark Martin; Patrick McDonnell; Mike Mignola; Tony Millionaire; Tao Nyeu; George O’Connor; Mo Oh; Eric Orchard; Laura Park; Cyril Pedrosa; Lark Pien; Aaron Renier; Dave Roman; Marc Rosenthal; Stan Sakai; Richard Sala; Mark Siegel; James Sturm; Raina Telgemeier; Craig Thompson; Richard Thompson; Sara Varon; Jen Wang; Drew Weing; Gahan Wilson; Gene Luen Yang; Stephanie Yue; and an introduction by Leonard Marcus. And Chris Duffy put the entire thing together for us.
We've got some samples up here! You should go look.