I had asked for a review copy of Damey & Grandpa Tutor by fellow Michigan author Larry Webb, and the piece came today. It was gentle and engaging, and somewhat to my surprise, I sat down and read the entire thing in an afternoon and evening. On Goodreads, therefore, I posted a review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/980617335. If you want what I believe once was called the “ashcan school” of literature, this ain’t it, but if you want a good-natured story of well-meaning adults trying to make their world a better place...then this one is for you.
Well, I don’t usually post cover art in single-book doses, but I happened to pick up a nice piece at The Reading Place in Charlotte, MI, today, and I simply couldn’t resist...
At left is a copy of Have Space Suit—Will Travel published by Atheneum, presumably in the mid-1990s. The packaging is a bit of a puzzle, really: the only copyright inside is the original 1958, but while the lettering of the title suggested a rather recent printing, the lack of barcode anywhere on the piece almost made me think pre-1980s. A closer look at Freas’s signature, however, clearly says ’94, so it’s 10 or 15 years newer than I thought.
Is this illustration as scrupulous to the text as, say, a Darrell K. Sweet or an Ed Emshwiller? No—Kip looks older than 18, the Mother Thing is not serene and enigmatic enough (no one can beat Sweet's interpretation!), and Peewee appears a noticeable number of years past 11... Still it is colorful and lovely in its own way, and it is a Freas, so I am glad to add it to my collection. I hope you may enjoy it, too.
Author of several dozen pieces of literary criticism, reference entries, and reviews; novel Student Body; memoir Tiger Hunts, Thunder Bay, and Treasure Chests; some poetry; and quite a bit of advising/Banner training materials.