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Thirteen 06/19/12

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If I had to point to one early childhood favorite who sparked a passion for books, art and poetry, the answer is easy: Remy Charlip. The other day I stumbled upon one of the books from my childhood that I had somehow missed, Thirteen by Remy Charlip and illustrated by Jerry Joyner.

Thirteen is thirteen stories told in one hundred and sixty-nine pictures. There are some with words but mostly it's just pictures. The stories are related but how they relates takes a page or so to figure out. It's one to read forwards and backwards as everything clicks into place.

The artwork is in the style of Arm in Arm, my all time favorite Charlip book. The soft pastel shapes blend and mix and change from one thing to another, while others tell apparently straightforward silent stories. One is just a two word comic of the prince endlessly trying on the remaining slipper as the woman replies, "Doesn't fit." All these things come to conclusions that either require a leap of faith or a sense of humor.

Fans of David Wiesner or Brian Selznick should check out Remy Charlip's books.

Five stars

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Comment #1: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 19:00:14

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

I remember seeing this name but I have never read one of her (his?) books. Thanks for the recommendation. I just requested one from the library.

Comment #2: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 12:01:30


His books. He's a children's book author and a choreographer. He lives in San Francisco. You can learn more here.

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