The Mid-Century-Inspired, Minimalist Graphics of 'Eli, No!'

By Maria Popova

Children's books are often among the finest feats of storytelling -- beautifully designed, illustrated, and art-directed, they use simple narratives and metaphors to convey complex ideas and lifelong lessons. That's certainly the case with Eli, No! -- a heart-stoppingly delightful new children's book by Katie Kirk, one half of husband-and-wife illustration and design duo Eight Hour Day, telling the story of their lovable yet mischievous dog named Eli. Throughout Eli's many adventures and misadventures, his quirks and imperfections, we find ourselves contemplating the gift of unconditional love which, of course, is what the story is really about.

With its minimalist, bold, mid-century-inspired graphics and its heart-warming message, Eli, No! is both an absolute treat for wee ones, a needed one in the age of overambitious parenting, and a charming reminder for the rest of us about cultivating unconditional acceptance of our loved ones' idiosyncrasies and imperfections, a needed one in the age of chronic perfectionism.

Via Public School.

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