I Like Dahlov Ipcar’s Art

h1 April 10th, 2014 by jules


“I wish I were a keeper in a great big zoo —
with elephants and camels and ponies to ride.”

(Click to enlarge)

First up, a quick blog-scheduling note, though I don’t know that I have any blog readers who pay attention this closely. (“Blog-scheduling” is making me giggle, ’cause I really don’t have much of a schedule—as in, I mostly fly by the seat of my pants around here—but that’s neither here nor there.)

Where was I?

Oh, right. When I write anything over at Kirkus, I always follow up here at 7-Imp one week later with art from the books I write about. Kirkus doesn’t ask me to do this; it’s purely a 7-Imp thing. It’s ’cause I start to get twitchy when I can’t see illustrations from the books. (Sketches are even more fun to see.)

All that’s to say that today I’d normally have some art and maybe even early sketches from Laurie Keller’s Arnie the Doughnut chapter books, because we chatted last week at Kirkus. I will be posting those follow-up images, but it’ll be most likely next week, since Laurie is traveling now — which also works out for me, because as you read this, I’m traveling myself, near Boston for work.

But what I can bring you today are some spreads from Flying Eye Book’s newly-remastered edition of Dahlov Ipcar’s I Like Animals. If you missed it last week, I wrote over at Kirkus about the impressive care Flying Eye put into the re-mastering of this book, originally published in 1960. That column is here.

Enjoy the art, and see you tomorrow …



“I like animals. All kinds of animals.
Plain ones, strange ones, little ones, big ones. …”

(Click either image to see spread in its entirety)


“I’d have a cage full of pelicans and toucans and flamingos,
macaws and cockatoos and birds of paradise. …”

(Click to enlarge)



“I’d have all kinds of puppies … “
(Click either image to see spread in its entirety)

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I LIKE ANIMALS. All artwork, characters and text are © 1960 Dahlov Ipcar. © 2014 edition Flying Eye Books. Spread reproduced by permission of the publisher.

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4 comments to “I Like Dahlov Ipcar’s Art”

  1. LOVE love love this art and the prose is wonderful too.


  2. SO fun! Thanks for sharing. Say ‘Hi’ to Boston from me.


  3. Have ALWAYS loved Dahlov Ipcar’s work ever since I was a young editor at Knopf in the 1960s. We parked in her driveway with our camper and three small children years ago. Her house was a magical place for the children to visit. Daughter Heidi (the oldest) still remembers it.

    So glad the books are coming out again. Such joyous illustrations.

    –Jane


  4. Dahlov Ipcar is a wonderful artist and author! At Islandport Press, we have been working with Dahlov Ipcar since 2008, “remastering” and reissuing many of her picture books. In the past six years we have painstakingly re-originated, re-touched, re-designed and carefully brought back to life eight (so far!) of her out-of-print children’s books and created three new board books with some of her out-of-print illustrations as well. To bad your Kirkus story did not have room for more background on her and her books and art! She will turn 97 this November and continues to inspire a new generation of artists!


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