The library likes to add local authors whenever possible, and the children’s section has just gained a new illustrator/author named Tim Raglin. Mr. Raglin lives in Independence Kansas and has been publishing his own picture books for several years. Each book he has published is in a larger format – most are over a foot tall! Today’s selection is The Birthday ABC, and is authored by Eric Metaxas and illustrated by Tim Raglin. It was published about 4 years ago, but is new to the library’s collection.
Each page in this book is devoted to a different letter of the alphabet and features detailed pen and ink drawings. A is for alligator, and in 4 line rhyming couplets the animal wishes the reader a happy birthday. B is for bear and c is for crow and so on. There is no actual story line, so if you have a wiggly little one at home, this book may be put down and picked up again at any page.
If you find you like Mr. Raglin’s style of illustrating or would just like to know more about the author/illustrator, he usually has a booth each year at the Smoky Hills River Festival in June. In the meantime the library has four other books written with Eric Metaxas starring Mugsy, an ornery bulldog, and Mugsy’s niece and nephew.
You can get the book reviewed here and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”
The Birthday ABC by Eric Metaxas, illustrated by Tim Raglin
ISBN: 0671883062, fully illustrated
Children's Picture Books