PPBF: Rosie and the Nightmares

RosieCoverAuthor/Illustrator: Philip Waechter
Publisher: Handprint Books, 2005; originally in German, Verlagsgruppe Belz, 2005; translation: Christopher Franceschelli
Ages: 3-7yrs
Themes: fear, nightmares, monsters
Opening: Rosie looked deep into the dark red maw. Sharp teeth glittered. Rosie knew her hour had come. She had only seconds left…
Summary: (from my library catalog) Tired of having nightmares about monsters, Rosie the rabbit decides to confront her fears.

Rosie1I like this book because: Yup, sold by the cover. I truly admire illustrators who can make great use of negative space in their compositions, and Waechter is one of them. I was very fortunate to see an exhibit of original work of his at the Wilhelm Busch Museum, in Hannover, Germany in March. This is a great story too, of a rabbit who not only confronts her fears, but OWNS them!

Rosie3Resources/activities: discuss different kinds of fears and the sometimes hilarious names for them, as well as suggestions on how to confront them; draw your own monsters (because that’s what I wanted to do after reading this!).

Rosie4aFor more PPBF selections including resources and activities, go to Susanna Hill’s blog: HERE

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26 thoughts on “PPBF: Rosie and the Nightmares

  1. One thing GC mentioned last weekend was that he really liked my use of negative space in some of my spreads in the dummy, but I don’t feel like I actually know what I’m doing, so I will study this artist and this book. 🙂

    And I have a million fears I need to vanquish…

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  2. How lucky you are to have seen Waechter’s originals in Germany! Seattle Public Library has this book (plus another) so I will run up to get them tomorrow. Thanks, Julie.

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