I know this is a «new» book (so new you can’t even get it until next month), but hear me out first…
I can’t remember what post Zack Rock first commented on on this blog, but that’s how I met him. One click on his website and one look at his illustrations and it was instant love. Perhaps it was the fact that he drew amazing birds. (You long time readers know that is one of my son’s favorite things!) Perhaps it was the sheer amount of magical realism and fabulous detail in his work. Maybe it was the intellectual whimsy and humor he displays in each and every one of his drawings. Who knows… but whatever it was, it kept me coming back again and again to peruse his watercolors and follow the funny cat stories on his blog. I got him to paint a picture of my son astride a peregrine falcon, and eventually asked him to paint the banner you see up top.
Zack’s a huge talent, a perfect gentleman, and a true artist.
Part Indiana Jones… part The Tyger Voyage, the story follows an exploring (though semi-retired) bulldog and his collection of all things curious, gathered from all the most exotic locations in the most remote and mysterious corners of the world.
«Every thing has a story: the dullest clam may hold the brightest pearl.»
«The Manneken Mort of King Ingmar: Figure composed of hundreds of thin fabric threads. When a Nottlander passes away, their friends and family gather to tell stories about them. For each story, a bright new band is woven into the figure.»
(Can you spy the prize from my favorite children’s treasure book Masquerade… see it? The rabbit on the wall behind the couple?!)
And each glimpse of the bulldog’s expressive eyes (one blue and one brown) has you wishing you could hop on that steam cruiser and set sail for adventure with this daredevil doggie.
I am giving Henry Homer the ultimate endorsement of……….. 100,000,000,000,000,000 thumbs, five pinkies, two index fingers, and a pointer finger way way UP!
Congrats Zack! I sincerely can’t wait to see what’s next. Your momma must be so proud!