Books by Vincent K. Kirsch

TWO LITTLE BOYS FROM TOOLITTLE TOYS by Vincent K. Kirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

The Toolittle brothers (Rudy and little Ridley) test every toy at the Toolittle Toy Company, making sure each toy loves to play and having good times together on the job. When Rudy decides he must begin to "take toys seriously," production of toy fun grinds to a halt, the brothers drift apart and Ridley must find a way to get his older brother to play with him again. Gadgets, gizmos and thingamabobs fill double-page spreads, forming great, jumbled mountains of mechanical mayhem. Children will pore over these imaginative, carefully rendered toys, while pondering (and perhaps identifying with) Ridley's feelings of being left out and left behind. Fewer will sort out the book's more complicated, and rather adult, theme: what it means to make work play and what happens when you turn play into work. Watercolor, graphite and colored-pencil illustrations allow for both specificity (toy gears, buttons, wheels) and softness (blurry, muted pinks, yellows, greens and blues). The boys, with their miniature business suits and cute hair parts, quickly endear themselves to readers, who will find themselves hoping earnestly that Rudy and Ridley remain playmates. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
NATALIE AND NAUGHTILY by Vincent K. Kirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

Twin girls as disparate in disposition as their names live atop their family's grandiose department store. Traditionally barred from the store on sunny days, the duo is ecstatic when they awake to rainy weather. Conscious of their parents' dictate not to play in the store, they decide to "help" instead. Kirsch's insider perspective—he worked at a renowned department store—adds authenticity to the tale, as the girls lead readers on a comical romp through the prestigious, stuffy establishment. From the ladies donning designer dresses on the second floor to the robotic, gadget-filled fifth floor, each child demonstrates her unique take on what it means to help, with hilarious and chaotic results. The intricate, jam-packed watercolor-and-colored pencil illustrations are the highlight of this work. Meticulously detailed, each page is a child's wonderland of discovery; repeated examinations are bound to uncover some new delight. A witty and fanciful exploration of a timeless childhood fantasy. (Picture book. 5-7)Read full book review >