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Two great finds


I mentioned that I really enjoyed my last trip to the library - there is nothing better than getting home with a bag full of unread books - the possibilities!

On my way to the scrapbooking/crafting section, I stopped at the design section. Chip Kidd's Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design grabbed my attention. I guess that's how you know it's good graphic design, right?

I've always been interested in graphic design but I am not an artist. I can't draw worth a damn. I've heard lots of "famous" scrapbookers talking about "graphic design principles" but for me the best way to learn is to find a book and start reading from the beginning.

Kidd's book is *perfect* for that. Despite the title, it's not just for kids - it's for anyone new to the study of graphic design. It's well designed (of course), easy to read, and he chooses excellent, impactful examples for each concept - just one or two to really illustrate the point he's trying to make. And he is definitely an expert - he has designed tons of book covers, including the iconic black and white T. Rex for Jurassic Park!

My 6-year-old T loves "information books" so I'm going to see if she wants to give it a try. It's a bit beyond her reading level, but the concepts and images are illustrated so well that I know she'll get something out of it as well.  I'm definitely buying a copy for home once we return it to the library.

My second unexpected find was a stunning animated film from Ireland called Song of the Sea. I was searching for a movie T and I could watch together while we were both home sick, and I felt like she needed to branch out from her usual Disney/Pixar fare. She is pretty sensitive about movies in general - she hates suspense and scary situations.

This one is rated PG but it had thousands of excellent reviews, so I thought we'd give it a chance and I am SO glad I did. It was *amazing* and magical. The animation was gorgeous and dreamy - breathtaking in parts.

The story was lovely and sometimes sad.  T and I were both weepy at the end.  There were a few suspenseful, eerie parts, but we snuggled on the couch and she was fine with it. It was a great movie to expand her viewing repertoire a bit, though it might be a little too much for our 3 year old.

For now, it's available for free on Amazon Prime streaming, but if it ever goes away, we're definitely buying a copy.

In a week where everyone in our house was sick, these were two great ways to pass the time!

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