Big Fat Little Lit

Many of the stories from the previous three Little Lit hardcover volumes have been reprinted in this new paperback edition.

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Big Fat Little Lit
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It’s a wonderful anthology with contributions from a wide range of very talented artists, all edited by Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly and now available at a bargain price. It’s a great sampler to expose kids to a variety of approaches to art, too; styles range from colorfully cartoony to classically illustrative.

Like their classic forebears, the modern fairy tales in this book don’t shy away from the physical or seamy sides of life. There’s a rough sense of justice and warnings that appearances might be deceiving. The lack of sugar-coating keeps the stories interesting for all ages, and parents will get as much out of reading as the younger set, although in different ways.

Some of my favorites include Barbara McClintock’s lovely anthropomorphic “Princess and the Pea”; Neil Gaiman & Gahan Wilson’s twisted graveyard party tale; and the sparsely attractive linework of David Mazzucchelli’s “Fisherman and the Sea Princess”; but those are only a few of the many creative contents. I was also glad to see some small bit of Crockett Johnson’s “Barnaby”, about a boy and his Irish Fairy Godfather, Mr. O’Malley.

Find out more at the series website.


4 Responses to “Big Fat Little Lit”

  1. feRe Says:

    Hello!
    I`m an Argentinan comic artist.
    It`s impossible to me to get a copy of the art Spiegelman little lit.
    I need some e-mail address of any director, or editor of “Little lit”. So I can show my works.
    Someone can help me?

    Thanks…

  2. Johanna Says:

    Sorry, that information isn’t in the book. And I got the impression that this was the last of the line, so there’s no point in submitting anyway.

  3. Toon Books » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] for earlier readers” (defined as ages four and up). It’s run by the folks behind Little Lit: Editorial Director Francoise Mouly (who is also Art Editor of The New Yorker) and her husband, [...]

  4. R. Crumb w/ Françoise Mouly in Richmond, VA, October 27, 2009 Part 1: France, Women » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] points, involves publishing the highly influential RAW anthology series; founding the RAW Junior, Little Lit, and TOON Books imprints; and serving as the art editor for The New Yorker for over fifteen years. [...]




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