Raw, adjective: 7. brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions.

Following last night's reading, naturally I stuck around and dropped too much money in the hallowed ground that is Books, Inc.  There really is nothing like a good indie bookstore.  (Ahh, sanctuary...)

One of my killer finds was this series of children's books by Susan Goldman Rubin.  Rubin combines two of my favorite things - modern art and rhythmic writing - to create a series of vibrant and vital children's books that can be used to introduce babies and toddlers to the wide world of modern art.  Naturally I picked up about 16 copies for all the babies in my life.  

The Jacob Lawrence book, which uses a rat-a-tat rhythm alongside 11 of Lawrence's paintings to capture the energy of city life, is pictured at left.  Rubin also features titles using the artwork of Magritte, Warhol, Thiebaud and Matisse.  I'm in love.

Buy a few for the future artists in your life. 


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