Friday, September 17, 2010

cute as a bug

The drawings of Serge Bloch are deceptively simple. They convey a moment or emotion almost like visual haiku. I discovered them in his little book filled with idioms, those funny common phrases we all use that have a figurative, not literal, meaning. We only understand what they mean because we've always heard them: eat like a horse, get in a pickle, barking up the wrong tree. They're passed along in our language through the generations and we're sometimes caught grasping for an explanation when a child asks what one means. Butterflies in My Stomach chronicles the first day of school for a little boy who misses his dog. It's told in idioms both hilarious and poignant. Each sparse illustration says it all. Makes you see that sometimes paring things down to their essence can be the highest form of art.

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