You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When It Rains: The World On One Cartoon a Day - Mo Willems

To give you an idea of how big [the world] truly is, try to imagine an abstract space fifteen football fields long by twenty-five football fields wide. The world is much bigger than that.

Mo Willems is the author of several children's books, including one of my favorites, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! This book is not like that at all: it's not a kid's book, but a travelogue of sorts. It's a collection of cartoons from his post-college round-the-world trip, with recent annotations.

The cartoons are fairly sketchy and somewhat stylized, which works when he's illustrating an Indian family on a scooter, but less impressive when illustrating, say, redwoods in California or the mountains of Guangxi. The captions and annotations, however, make a wonderful and unique travel diary, particularly when Willem's own attitudes have changed in the intervening fifteen years or so.

It's a pretty amazing journey, lasting just under a year, one cartoon a day.

Fed to jonathan's brain | September 26, 2006 | Comments (0)


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