Thursday, May 3, 2012

Christopher's Parade

Christopher's Parade
Martin Stephen Moskof ~ Richard Hefter ~ Parents' Magazine Press, 1972

Funny how when you discover an author, their books seem to pop up all over. Now, is that a coincidence, or have they always been there and I just never noticed them before? After I found this book by Mr. Moskof, I stumbled across this one. Both designers, Mr. Moskof and Mr. Hefter (of Sweet Pickles fame) did a bunch of books together during the 70s featuring Hefter's bright, groovy colors.

Love, love love that look. (Hello. Did I mention Sweet Pickles? AWESOME.) Those books totally take me back to the Ice Storm era. Grown up parties. Strange bookshelves. School book clubs.


Christopher stood on the street waiting for the parade. First Christopher saw a drum major with a big baton and behind him a very noisy marching band and after them an airplane and a camel with bells around his neck and a car full of clowns and a monkey in a funny suit selling balloons and a long green crocodile and...

In what could be called the longest run-on sentence of all time, we see all the wonderful things that Christopher sees while consuming any number of parade goodies like popcorn and lollipops and peanuts and candy apples and hot dogs and pop and balloons and flags and hat and buttons, oh my. Simply an orgy of good times. Dig it, man.


Read along on Instagram, Facebook, tumblr, Twitter and Etsy.


Rainbow Vintage Home said...

These illustrations are amazing! This post had me running to my bookshelves to retrieve 'One Bear, Two Bears' - a counting book that belonged to my little sister (and now belongs to my boys) - and yes, it's by Richard Hefter. It's a bit later (1980) and less psychedelic but still gorgeously colourful and bold. :)

MissShapes said...

Perfect timing! I JUST found a copy of this!! I'm usually more into 50s/60s illustration but this caught my eye and we (my son and I) love it!

Unknown said...

not to get off the subject, but this is what i love about you. sweet pickles?! are you kidding me. i had forgotten them. and as usual, you always remind me of my very favorites from childhood. xoxo

black said...

amazing!!!!! good illustrations.Really love it......... displaystand4you :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I had this as a kid and had fun with it and just remembered the name. Part of a book of the month club offering. I'd like to know some of the other titles, in the years I was a member. Another favourite was Jerome. Brilliant watercolours of a frog attempting to be a prince. One other that stands out in my memory, was a group of group of medieval guys all with a specific skill; turning into fire etc. working towards a great task. Any ideas of the title? More involved, painterly illustrations as I recall.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...