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Instagram News: Squad Goals + A Cover Sneak Peek

Squad goals is most definitely correct. Who caught this Instagram post from Red Cap Cards artist, Chris Sasaki, on Sunday night? We are so proud of him for his fantastic work on the OSCAR winning Best Animated Feature, Pixar's Inside Out. What a special night! Congrats, Chris! View all of Chris's designs for Red Cap, here.

Squad Goals: Inside Out Best Animated Feature Oscars 2016

Also found on Instagram: sneak peeks of Jon Klassen's third installment of the "Hat" trilogy: We Found a Hat. The book will be released on October 11th of this year, but in the meantime, check out the cover illustration and interior glimpse. We are loving the Mojave feel! Click over to view Jon's designs for Red Cap to tide you over for a spell. This one looks especially relevant!

We Found A Hat cover art by Jon Klassen
We Found a Hat art by Jon Klassen

Happy Tuesday, everyone!


Pax Is #1!!

How exciting is it to see Jon Klassen's brand new illustrative marvel, Pax, at number one on the New York Times Best Seller list for Middle Grade Hardcover?? We wanted to devote an entire post this Friday on such an awesome achievement! Congratulations, Jon! Check out Jon Klassen's designs for Red Cap Cards here.

Pax is number on on the New York Times Best seller list

Pax, written by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Red Cap artist, Jon Klassen, tells the story of "the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox. Pax is destined to become a classic, beloved for generations to come. Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be—with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own. . . ." (Harper Collins)

Pax is the new York times best seller

Art Show a Go-Go: Lesley Barnes and Jon Klassen

What do you know? It's an art show-a-go-go! Two, in fact. And you should most definitely a-go-go. We've got art show news from Red Cap artists, Lesley Barnes and Jon Klassen.

Up first is the fabulous Lesley Barnes, whose work will be displayed at the London Print Studio Gallery in an exhibition called "Enchanted Page Friends." Take a gander at that stunning tactile sculpture of the characters from Jill & Dragon. If you're across the pond and would like to pop in on this exhibition, please do, and say cheerio for us! You can find the Enchanted Page Friends exhibition from the 28th of January from the 24th of March at London Print Studio, 425 Harrow Road London, W10 4RE.

Work by Lesley Barnes at the Enchanted Page Exhibition at London Print Studio
Work by Lesley Barnes at the Enchanted Page Exhibition at London Print Studio
Work by Lesley Barnes at the Enchanted Page Exhibition at London Print Studio
Work by Lesley Barnes at the Enchanted Page Exhibition at London Print Studio

Next up, check out the Gallery Nucleus show with new rugs by Jon Klassen(!) and featured artist--yes!--Lesley Barnes! How exciting is it to be able to see such a magnificent and respected artist in such a different medium? We can't wait. A bit more info: Nucleus and NODE are proud to present an exhibition of hand made fair trade rugs. Each rug will be accompanied by new personal artwork by each artist. Come see these works of art in person as we will exhibit 15 unique NODE rugs and debut 5 new exclusive rug designs.

The NODE rug and Nucleus Art exhibition will be on display from February 6, 2016 - February 21, 2016 with an Opening Reception / Feb 6, 7:00PM - 10:00PM. See you there!!

NODE rug exhibition with work by Lesley Barnes and new weaving by Jon Klassen

Friday Funsies: A Hat Trick!

Is there anything he can't do? Red Cap artist, Jon Klassen, has gone ahead and performed a hat-trick! Quite literally it seems. Jon will be debuting his third installment of the "hats on animals" series with We Found A Hat, this coming October 2016 by Candlewick Press. Klassen's previous works involving clever animals and sly hats include I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat.

Fans of Klassen's first two books in the hat trilogy: "will not be surprised to learn that there’s a healthy dose of controversy between the characters of Klassen’s latest picture book, in which two turtles find one hat – and it happens to look great on both of them." -Publisher's Weekly.

For more info on the upcoming release, click over to Publisher's Weekly to read the full article, and click over to Jon's artist page to view his designs for Red Cap Cards. Click the photos below more more information on each book.

Red Cap Cards artist, Jon Klassen's Hat Trick

Holiday Hodgepodge!

The festive funsies keep coming on Instagram, and we wanted to share some of the fun! If you're up to be impressed, be sure you're following our artists, who can be found on any of our Instagram posts. For now, we hope you are all nestled all snug in your homes, getting ready for the approaching holiday weekend. Grab some cocoa and marshy-mallows and check out these lovely tidbits from a few of our artists.

Red Cap artist, Yelena Bryksekova for Libelle

The holiday spirit is in the air! How delightful is this illustration by Red Cap artist, Yelena Bryksenkova for Libelle Daily? We can just feel the cozy. We are also pretty ecstatic about this lovely illustration of the three wise men by Red Cap artist, Lizzy Stewart. Not to mention these hand-painted ornaments that we are currently coveting:

Red Cap Cards artist, Lizzy Stewart

Ornaments by Red Cap Cards artist, Lizzy Stewart

And if you're in search of a last-minute gift, grab a copy of the sure-to-be classic Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett with illustrations by our own Jon Klassen. A favorite wintery tale, Extra Yarn (a Caldecott Honor Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner, and a New York Times bestseller) is the story of how a young girl and her box of magical yarn transform a community (Amazon).

Red Cap Cards artist Jon Klassen's illustrations in Extra Yarn
Red Cap Cards artist Jon Klassen's illustrations in Extra Yarn
Red Cap Cards artist Jon Klassen's illustrations in Extra Yarn
Have a great week, and don't tear those advent calendar doors open early!


Artist News Roundup: Nicholas John Frith and Jon Klassen

We have some news for you...did you know...that we are almost half way through December? Yes! The most wonderful time of the year is nearly over. Don't miss your chance to curl up with a good book and a cup of cheer. We highly recommend The Nest by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Red Cap Cards artist, Jon Klassen. This week, the Wall Street Journal released their list of the Best Books of 2015, and we are happy to share that The Nest was on the list! (Alongside another favorite we mentioned yesterday, Last Stop on Market Street with illustrations by Christian Robinson!) Click over to the Wall Street Journal to see the entire list.

Best Books of 2015 by the Wall Street Journal

Also this week, was a fun reveal by Red Cap Cards artist, Nicholas John Frith, who designed this t-shirt for your kiddo for Curious Wolves. How awesome is this? Let's Eat and Explore! Click over to Curious Wolves on Etsy for more styles and sizes.

Curious Wolves tshirt by Nicholas John Frith

And speaking of Nicholas John Frith, speed up those holiday greetings or you might miss your window! Check out his fantastic (and others') designs for our holiday collection here, including the fabulous foil.


An Ode to the City: Red Cap Artists

We're living it up in New York City this week, and in celebration, we wanted to create an ode to the city with a kaleidoscope of fabulous work by our Red Cap artist family, honoring any and every city. A metropolitan city is inspiration in and of itself, with the bustling traffic, dazzling cityscapes and unique characters. Whether you're partial to New York City or another place all together, no one can deny the magic of an urban setting. Check out some of the images below by a few of our amazing illustrators, in their work honoring the city and those who live in it. And if you're itching to travel a bit further, click over to our Around the World board on Pinterest. Bon voyage!

An Ode to the City by Red Cap Cards artists // Christian Robinson
By Christian Robinson, from Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

An Ode to the City by Red Cap Cards artists // Christian Robinson
By Christian Robinson, from Last Stop on Market Street

An Ode to the City by Red Cap Cards artists // Christian Robinson
By Christian Robinson, from Rain!

An Ode to the City by Red Cap Cards artists // Kate Hindley
By Kate Hindley, from Oliver and Patch

An Ode to the City by Red Cap Cards artists // Josie Portillo for NPR
Josie Portillo for NPR

An Ode to the City by Red Cap Cards artists // Josie Portillo for Tiffany's
Josie Portillo for Tiffany's

An Ode to the City by Red Cap Cards artists // Chris Sasaki
"Monster" by Chris Sasaki

An Ode to the City by Red Cap Cards artists // Blanca Gomez
"City Scape" by Blanca Gómez

An Ode to the City by Red Cap Cards artists // Blanca Gomez
Blanca Gómez

An Ode to the City by Red Cap Cards artists // Becca Stadtlander
Becca Stadtlander

An Ode to the City by Red Cap Cards artists // Meg Hunt
Meg Hunt

An Ode to the City by Red Cap Cards artists // Lizzy Stewart
Lizzy Stewart

An Ode to the City by Red Cap Cards artists // Jon Klassen
Jon Klassen

An Ode to the City by Red Cap Cards artists // Jon Klassen
By Jon Klassen, from The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book II: The Hidden Gallery


Artist News Roundup: Jon Klassen, Lizzy Stewart and Anke Weckmann

Happy October! Today, in celebration of FRIDAY, we're doing a roundup of some of our favorite illustrators in the Red Cap family: Anke Weckmann, Lizzy Stewart and Jon Klassen. Look below to see what great things our pals have gotten up to this past week:

Have you heard of Inktober? For the next 31 days, illustrators and artists across the globe will create one pen & ink drawing each day in honor of Inktober. We've loved looking at all of the work and were delighted to find our own Anke Weckmann is getting into the spirit. Check out her first ink drawing via her Instagram. Just awesome!

Red Cap Cards artist Anke Weckmann's Inktober

Also this week, we were so happy to see a new editorial illustration by Lizzy Stewart in the New York Times! Lizzy illustrated a book review for This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison. (The book looks pretty great too!)

Red Cap Cards artist Lizzy Stewart for The New York Times

Last but not least, the book trailer for The Nest by Kenneth Oppel with illustrations by Jon Klassen is now online! It makes the book look even spookier than we first imagined! Love it. Check the video out below, and don't forget to grab your copy here.

What a great week. Have a good weekend, everyone!

Images as linked above

Artist Catch Up: Jon Klassen's The Nest

Jon Klassen is one of those Red Cap artists that we cannot seem to ever keep up with, because he always has such fantastic projects in the works! When he's not off winning Caldecott Awards, tweeting hilarious daily dog pics, or illustrating drool-worthy greeting cards for us, he's most likely busy as a bee making readable art. Speaking of busy as a bee (or wasp, in this case)--his newest illustrative work on Kenneth Oppel's The Nest, is due out October 6th!

The Nest, illustrated by Red Cap Cards artist Jon Klassen

Steve just wants to save his baby brother—but what will he lose in the bargain? This is a haunting gothic tale for fans of Coraline, from acclaimed author Kenneth Oppel (Silverwing (The Silverwing Trilogy), The Boundless) with illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen.

For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp’s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered.

All he has to do is say “Yes.” But “yes” is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back?

Eek! We are on the edge of our seats. Can't wait for this one, just in time for Halloween. Preorder your copy here, and view Jon's scrumptious designs for Red Cap Cards, here.


I Want My Hat Back at the National Theatre

A bit of exciting news has made its way to us, via the grindstone. According to Red Cap artist, Jon Klassen (himself), the National Theatre in London, UK is working on a musical stage version of I Want My Hat Back!

Red Cap Cards artist, Jon Klassen has a brand new stage production of his childrens book I Want My Hat Back

According to their website, the show will be running from 12 November, 2015 to 2 January, 2016. Tickets are £12 & £15 (£10 under 18yrs). We love their description:

Bear’s hat is gone. He loves his hat. He wants it back.
He asks all of the animals in the forest, but no one has seen it.
WAIT! He has seen it somewhere...
Jon Klassen’s brilliant, witty book was published in 2011, and has fast become a modern children’s classic. I Want My Hat Back now comes to the stage in a joyous new adaptation stuffed with humour, music and surprises.
A treat for everyone aged 3 – 300.

We might just have to take a trip to London for this one. Break a leg, Jon!

View Jon Klassen's designs for Red Cap, here.

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