Saturday, August 18, 2012

Grimly Goodies


When my husband asked me what I would like for my birthday, I (without hesitation) pointed him in the direction of my ridiculously long Amazon Wish List. I am a fan of the work of Gris Grimly, and for a while now, I have been wanting to own a book illustrated by him. He's a prolific artist, so there were a lot of choices, but in the end, I narrowed it down to four birthday treat books.




Tales of Mystery and Madness

Tales of Death and Dementia

I couldn't possibly resist Gris Grimly's pictures combined with the words of Edgar Allan Poe in the books, Tales of Mystery and Madness and Tales of Death and Dementia.

I also got The Legend of Sleepy Hollow illustrated by Gris Grimly. I'm a fan of Tim Burton's, Sleepy Hollow, but I've never actually read the Washington Irving story that it is based upon, and I'm aware that the movie deviates somewhat from the original tale.



The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Finally, I received Boris and Bella, a charming picture book about Bella Legrossi and Boris Kleanitoff, written by Carolyn Crimi and illustrated by Gris Grimly. Boris, a neat freak, and Bella, a slob, are feuding neighbours from Booville. The illustrations are gorgeous and it is actually a really sweet story about tolerance and acceptance.



Boris and Bella

You can see more of Gris Grimly's books on Amazon (here).


But wait... there's more! Some of you may remember the Skeleton Lady Cameo Necklace giveaway I held recently (here). Well, creator of the necklace, Candy, of Etsy shop, My Sweet November, surprised me with one of her necklaces as a gift, and it just happened to arrive on my birthday. It's absolutely delightful! Thank you so much, Candy!

40 comments:

  1. Those look absolutely gorgeous!
    His art makes me feel nostalgic, although I can't quite put my finger on why.
    Perhaps it's his use of colour?

    I think I may have to add even more books to my ever growing want-list.
    I wonder if my husband would buy that it's for our future kids? ;)

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    1. Hi Laury,

      I can understand the nostalgia because the line and wash is such a traditional technique for children's book illustration. His spooky style is cool and quirky though.

      Oh, I've bought quite a few children's picture books just because I'm so into the illustrations. I even have a son who I could use as an excuse, but I just go ahead and tell everyone that they're just for me! Haha.

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    2. Yes, I think that may be just it.
      It's so elegant and dreamy, just right to get you into (Spooky) Storyland.
      I've got loads of children's books, some of which are classics from my childhood.
      But most of them I just had to have because they have beautiful artwork.

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    3. Yes, I've got books that I've kept from childhood because of the wonderful illustrations too, Laury. Some picture books are just bursting with the most amazing art. They're like mini galleries. :)

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  2. Awesome birthday gifts Emma! And a belated Happy Birthday to you as well *hugs* It made me laugh to hear of your long Amazon wishlist - I'm exactly the same! Gris Grimly - delectable and wonderful art. I had to read Sleepy Hollow in school (was educated in US system) and it has been one of my favourites ever since. Lovely post! xo

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    1. Hi Siobhan,

      Thank you for the birthday wishes! ❤ Yes, I got some fab gifts! I'm looking forward to reading 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'. The Australian school curriculum leans far more towards English literature than American. The only American book I remember studying was 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn', and maybe a bit of Sylvia Plath poetry. Sadly, no Edgar Allan Poe. I'm playing catchup now. :)

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  3. I was so busy looking at the art I completely forgot to wish you a happy belated birthday!
    Oops :P

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  4. Those books look beautiful! Happy Birthday by the way xx
    ♥ K

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    1. Hi Sweet Nothings,

      Yes, they're very cool, and thank you so much for the birthday wishes! :)

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  5. I have quite a few of his books and they're all wonderful. I would highly recommend getting his nursery rhyme books, which he also wrote.

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    1. Hi Dex,

      I was contemplating getting the nursery rhyme books, but I had to restrain myself. They're on the good old Amazon Wish List. I guess Creepmas is coming up! ;)

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  6. Happy belated Birthday Emma! Those look like some fantastic gifts and the artwork in those books is amazing!

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    1. Hi Mark,

      Thank you for birthday wishes! :) Yes, I'm going to have a lovely time pouring over all that artwork! Bliss!

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  7. Happy belated Birthday Emma! You really made out like a bandit for your birthday. I love Gris (he is so very handsome) and his work, which is beyond amazing. I purchased Boris and Bella for my son years ago, and even at 13, he still loves that book. I adore that Elvira poster he just did as well. Very talented man.

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    1. Hi Creepy Glowbugg,

      Thanks for the birthday wishes! :) Yep, I'm feeling very spoiled right now. The Elvira artwork is awesome! Have you seen the Bettie Page poster? Fab!!

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  8. Those look like wonderful books and perfect gifts for you. I can relate to the ever expanding Amazon wish list. Kind of like the Netflix queue, it just keeps growing and growing. Happy Birthday.

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    1. Hi Will,

      Yes, I'm very excited to finally have them off the wish list and into my hot little hands. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! :)

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  9. Oh, Gris Grimly was the theme! Very cool. I love his illustrations too. I've seen some of these books, but some were new to me. I didn't know that he illustrated his interpretation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Hey, now I know why you have that story on your brain! (I just saw your blog comment) Oh, it's such a classic ghost story and definitely worth reading! Washington Irving knew how to set a scene.

    How nice of Candy to send you a necklace for yourself! How cool that it arrived on your birthday.

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    1. Haha. Yes, I couldn't think of a Gris Grimly clue to give you. ;) I really wanted to get around to finally reading 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow', so it's great getting the original story, plus some fabulous illustrations, in the same book! :)

      Yes, Candy was so generous surprising me with the necklace. It was such a fun coincidence that it arrived on my birthday!

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  10. Would you believe that I have never heard of Gris Grimly before?! I bleedin' well don't either! How could I have possibly missed out on such a freakishly talented artist :( This is one reason why I love you blog, I discover a lot of awesome things here! I really must look into this artist if he illustrates books such as these! The Edgar Allan Poe ones are my favourite.. adding to my book wish list right now!

    That was super sweet of candy to send you one of her creeptastic necklace too! It's lovely! xxx

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    1. Hi Bella Morte,

      Well, I'm really glad I did this post now because Gris Grimly strikes me as exactly your cup of tea!! I'm delighted to be able to spread a little Grimly love! Thank you so much for your lovely compliment! ❤

      Yes, my "creeptastic necklace" is awesome! It was a very sweet gesture on Candy's part!

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  11. Ohmigosh, I LOVE this art work! Gorgeous, and so fitting for Poe!

    And LOL, the Burton flick deviates *greatly* from Washington Irving's Sleepy Hollow tale...which I'd read before seeing the flick and, though I did immediately note all the differences, I still enjoyed the movie. :-)
    Some Dark Romantic

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    1. Hi Mina Lobo,

      Haha. I was trying to explain to my son that, for starters, Washington Irving's, Ichabod Crane, was definitely NO Johnny Depp! ;)

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  12. Dang, I've missed your birthday. Well a belated, but very sincere wish for a very happy birthday. I hope you had a great day. And the artwork on those books is wonderful. I'm going to make a point of finding out more about the artist Gris Grimly.

    Ali
    http://mrsgrumblebug.wordpress.com/

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    1. Hi Ali,

      Aww... thank you so much! I love discovering art and artists who are new to me, as I make my way around Blogland, so I'm pleased that I was able to acquaint you with Gris Grimly's work. :)

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  13. A belated Harry Birthday... I really like this artist's drawing style...

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    1. Hi Dr. Theda,

      Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! I really like his drawing style as well! :)

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  14. I wasn't aware of Gris Grimly's work but I like what I see. Happy belated birthday!

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    1. Hi Adsila,

      Yes, I'd admire his illustrative technique regardless, but the subject matter is fabulous as well! Thanks so much for the birthday wishes! :)

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  15. I saw one of these at Cracker Barrell yesterday and thought of you. I wonder if they had read your post?

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    1. Hi Jessica,

      Haha. I had to google "Cracker Barrel". I'm assuming you're referring to a chain of restaurant/gift stores in the US? In Australia, "Cracker Barrel" is a well-known brand of vintage tasty cheese!

      Well, I'm fairly certain that they hadn't read my post, but it's very cool that they had Gris Grimly there! :)

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  16. Happy belated birthday! Wonderful gifts, I love those pictures and the skeleton cameo necklace. You really made out well for your birthday! Lucky girl!

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    1. Hi Knock Knock Street,

      Thank you so much! Yes, I'm a lucky girl indeed! :)

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  17. What an amazing birthday present! Happy Birthday again! I would love The Legend of Sleepy Hollow book! It looks sooo awesome. And that was cool of Candy to give your that cameo necklace! I love it! When you wear it...think of me. :x

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    1. Thanks, Zena! Yep, I made out like a bandit! Haha. Candy was a total doll to give me that necklace! I love it! :)

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  18. I love the artists style, I would have loved this when I was a kid....when I used to collect drawings and try to copy everyone...

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    1. Hi Matt,

      Yes, I used to try and copy art styles that I liked when I was kid too! I would have loved to have had Gris Grimly's work as inspiration back then.

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  19. Happy Birthday again! Awesome presents. I love the design and the general style of Gris Grimly and just recently I got the chance to see his fabulous debut short film "Cannibal Flesh Riot".

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    1. Thanks, Maynard! I was practically squealing when I saw that Gris Grimly mentioned you on his Facebook page! Had a total fangirl moment! Haha. So cool!

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