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Day 5 or Good bye, Louis!

17 Nov

Tunic: Threadz from Birdsnest

Skirt: Op shop

Shoes: Wonders

Ring: Klei

Demonic eyes: Me

Reading: A book, by?

Can we scan or copy book covers to post into a library blog? This is not a library blog, it is a blog about libraries (and shoes) but copyright still applies.

“There is no copyright issue if the cover does not include any copyright works. However, most covers include “artistic works” (such as illustrations or photos) and many also include “literary works” (such as abstracts), and these can be protected by copyright.” Australian Copyright Council. Whoops!

  • To use all or a “substantial part” of an artistic work in any of the ways reserved to the copyright owner, you will need permission from the copyright owner, unless copyright has expired or a special exception applies.
  • The creator of copyright material is not always the copyright owner.
  • The owner of a physical item does not necessarily own copyright in that item.
  • Intestacy law or the will of a deceased person may determine who inherited copyright owned by the person when they died.
  • The Copyright Act does not allow you to use copyright material without permission merely because you canʼt identify the copyright owner, or canʼt contact them, or because they fail to reply to your request.
  • If you have used copyright material without permission, using “good faith notices” or statements that you were unable to contact the copyright owner, does not alter your legal liability for infringement.
  • Once you have permission to use an artwork, you still need to ensure that you do not infringe its creatorʼs moral rights. Artworks: Getting Permission.

    Anyway, enough of that.

    I was lucky enough to be given a tour of the Rare Books Collection at the Sir Louis Matheson Library. You MUST (yes, I am screaming at you!) go and visit a rare books collection and talk to the librarians there, doesn’t have to be Monash, pick one. They are an Aladinn’s cave for art, photography, book, and ephemera lovers. You will never want to leave. Unless you forget your cardigan, it gets cold in the back room, a constant 18 degrees Celsius. Humidity and high temperature, very bad for books. It is amazing what they are collecting, and what they are not telling you they are collecting. Enticed?

    The first week of my placement is done, so it is good bye to the Sir Louis Matheson Library and hello to the Caulfield Library.  See you next week.

Richard Scarry

5 Nov

If you were not exposed to Richard Scarry as a child, then you have been deprived. You should contact your parents immediately and complain bitterly about their heinous neglect. It probably explains why you are a drug dealer or in advertising. Hilarious! Obviously, the same applies to Dr. Seuss and Charles M. Schulz. Richard Scarry does not dumb it down for his child audience, he uses precise words to accompany his illustrations. You can find words such as, “narcissus”, “plimsolls” and “xiphias”,  rather than flower, shoe and swordfish next to each drawing and know just what he is referring to.

Richards Scarry

Richard Scarry

Shoes: Vegan Wares

Brooch: Kearnsie at Little Shop of…

Skirt: Ananya at Etsy

Reading: Best Word Book Ever, (Hamlyn, 1977). Held together by sticky tape. Bad librarian.

Purple shoes


The Iron Man

2 Nov

Mask: Me

Lego Ring: Me again

Reading: The Iron Man: A Children’s Story in Five Nights, Ted Hughes, Illustrated by Andrew Davidson (Faber and Faber, 1989)

This book was written for Hughes’ two children after the suicide of their mother, Sylvia Plath. It is a short story about overcoming our fears and prejudices towards others, and choosing peace over war. The iron man is a Christ-like figure, prepared to sacrifice himself to save the world.

“I didn’t know what to tell them so I kept quiet. I don’t know what was the right thing to do, but after her death I wanted all of us to live as if we had started anew.” Ted Hughes

Many artists have represented their vision of the Iron Man. I love the illustrations by Tom Gauld. He really knows how to draw robots.

P.S. This book is the basis of an animated film The Iron Giant, a beautiful film, very different to the book. Features Vin Diesel’s finest performance.

10,000 Dresses

31 Oct

I don’t just read old children’s books. I am interested in new ones too, I just can’t afford them as easily.

And that is one reason why you should join YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY so you can read books for FREE!

“At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better. It’s an enormous force for good.”

Guess who?

Answer: Barack Obama

Retrieved from: American Library Association

1 Dress: Secondhand on Ebay

Ring: Louey & Lane Gallery, Glen Huntly

Reading:  10, 000 Dresses, Written by Marcus Ewert, Illustrations by Rex Ray, (Seven Stories Press, 2008)

This book is different to any other I have seen, and is sure to prompt a conversation with any child you read it to. It is the story of a boy named Bailey, who does not feel like a boy and dreams about designing dresses. Not just any old dresses, but spectacularly fabulous, extraordinary dresses. My favourite is the window dress pictured. The messages about acceptance are not subtle, and at times the tone can come across as a bit self-righteous, but this is a minor complaint.  This book is as unique as Bailey’s dresses.

I think this book could spawn a series: 10,000 Shoes, 10,000 Bags, you get the idea.

Jeanne-Marie at the Fair

29 Oct

“In her dreams she is brave…” Françoise, Brockhampton Press Ltd, 1961.

This book is lovely. Full of sweet illustrations, sunny optimism and the simple, devoted relationship between a girl and her pet sheep.

Jeanne-Marie, role model for children (and adults) everywhere, independent,  adventurous, thoughtful, and loving.

I want a gingerbread pig too with my name in pink sugar. I suppose I could make it myself. Would probably eat it before I iced it.

Vic Goes to War

26 Oct

Written by: Eric the Red

Illustrated by: John Endean

Published by: Paul Hamlyn, 1971

This book is beautifully illustrated in vibrant colours. It is the unlikely story of how dopey but, lovable Viking Vic, with his magic sword and, his fun-loving pet sea lion, Slapper inadvertently help the Vikings of Occulty Piggledon win a fierce sea battle against “the enemy” (Arabs?). My favourite character is Vic’s brother Eric the Red, tall, strong, smart, brave and a watchful older sibling, who lets Vic join the war despite the protests from all the other Vikings. My favourite illustration is the one with celebration streamers tied to Vic’s boat after the victory. My pictures do not do justice to the illustrations of John Endean who captures the fiery red hair and piercing blue eyes of the Vikings and the flamboyant flair of the enemy.

Why read this book to children?

  • It has a sword that pokes Vic in the bum; and
  • it is written by a Viking.

Who are you Eric the Red?

The enemyEric the Red

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