This is for You by Rob Ryan
I bought This is for You on a therapeutic book-shopping trip recently, merely because it made me smile to look at the pictures. A story told entirely in paper cut-outs, you really just have to see it to believe it. Here's an interior spread:
Isn't that lovely? The story is a little odd, about the author's feelings of loneliness during times he was alone as a child and how he learned to live with himself. It honestly wasn't something I could relate to -- being alone is not something I consider a bad thing unless I get too much of it and as a child I was such a busy-busy creature that there was never a time I wasn't occupied with reading, sketching, dancing, biking, music or about a million other activities.
But I didn't really care so much about the storyline because you could say I was mostly there for the view. I love the illustrations in This is for You and I'm considering cutting a few of them out to frame. Does the idea make you cringe? Just curious.
We got a lot more sleet during the night and schools were closed so Kiddo has an extra day to rest and prepare before classes begin, but it's melting so rapidly it sounds like rain. I rushed out to take a few ice pictures before it all disappeared and I'll share some of those as the week progresses. Here's one of my favorites.