Jul 15

Yes, I know I am supposed to be showing you my “G” pictures today, but my week and weekend filled up passed the full level, and I ended up with only 1 picture for the week.  So, I am giving myself a one-day extension for this deadline and will post the pictures tomorrow.

In the meantime, I don’t do book reviews very often, but I really want to tell you about this adorable book I stumbled across.  It’s called Phoebe’s Sweater by Joanna Johnson and illustrated by Eric Johnson.

phoebe cover

I will admit that I love children’s books.  Usually the art in them is incredible and in this book, the art is something that even Scott wanted to look at and study.

phoebe art

See?  It looks like it is colored pencil over water color and the subject matter is as sweet as can be.  The story is simple and compelling to both a child and the adult reading it aloud.  I fell in love with all of the characters in it.

phoebe title page

The writer and illustrator even signed it, which I love.  I know Scott and I always sign the books we sell, and it’s a nice, personal touch that makes the book seem more real somehow – created by real people.  Since Scott and I are a husband & wife team as well, I can well appreciate the work that went into the production of this.

But what made me actually buy the book is this:

phoebe doll

There are knitting patterns in it!  And what really caught my attention was Phoebe’s mouse doll.  For those people who know me, know that I love dolls and stuffed people.  This book contains the pattern for the doll and a dress with a matching sweater to the one for a child.  The child-sized sweater is from 2-6, although the author said she made it for her 8-year-old daughter by just lengthening the sweater and sleeves.

This hard-cover book is the first book for both the writer and illustrator, but I see there are others since this one has been done.  I may have to look into them as well if they are all this well done.

I am going to knit the mouse doll, her dress and sweater.  Right now, I don’t know the child they are going to, but they will find the right home some day.  Also, I want to knit the sweater for Lizzie, and maybe the dress, too.  We’ll see.

If you have a young girl in your life, I think she would love not only the story, but the mousie doll and the matching sweaters for them.  And if you just love to make dollies like I do, Phoebe’s doll is adorable!!!