Books by Warren Kimble

YOU’RE A GRAND OLD FLAG by George M. Cohan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

In his distinctive folk-art style and technique, Kimble embodies George M. Cohan's exuberant song and tribute to the American flag with acrylic paintings on distressed wood—and the result is a bonny salute to the symbol of Americana. Each phrase of the song is in large type, boxed and bordered against white birch wood with an image or scene opposite, e.g., "You're the emblem of . . ." is depicted with an Uncle Sam scarecrow with a crow holding a flag on each outstretched arm. The flag motif and colors appropriately dominate. Backmatter includes endnote, music score and flag facts. Cohan originally wrote the song for his show "George Washington, Jr.," which premiered in 1906. As in The Cat's Meow (2006), each page could be individually framed and readymade for displays. Handsomely harmonious, here's cheers for the red, white and blue. (Picture book/song. 7-10)Read full book review >
THE CAT’S MEOW by Warren Kimble
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

These 12 fine felines are truly the "Cat's Meow." Established folk artist Kimble is known for his signature cats that have appeared in fine art, notepads and even wallpaper. His artistic affection for the animals is in fine fettle here. Acrylic paintings on distressed wood illustrate a rotund cat on one side and a bordered two-word descriptor on the other: "Lazy cat" is asleep with a mouse beside it; "Curious cat" is sitting inside a wooden bucket; "Fat cat" is—well—big, round and fat. Since there is no narration, the cat portraits offer the opportunity for early grade readers to make up stories about how the cats were named—for instance, why is "Clean cat" sitting in a bathtub? Beautiful paintings and handsome design create an exquisite cattery battery that's pure delight, and the cover is guaranteed to make people reach for it. (Picture book. All ages)Read full book review >
THE MARE’S NEST by Gary Bowen
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 2001

Bowen (Stranded on Plimoth Plantation 1626, 1994) makes a brave and not very successful effort to turn some two dozen of Kimble's folk-art livestock portraits into a connected narrative. Seeking commissions, an itinerant 19th-century artist seems to follow an animal thief through a series of Vermont towns. After puzzling over such clues as hearing several animals utter "Ite-osh-urr," and learning that no white animals are stolen, he solves the mystery at a county fair in Castleton, at which the culprit is revealed as a "whitewasher" attempting to put disguised livestock up for auction. The painter collects a reward, allowing him to realize a long-held dream of visiting Africa. Applying thin layers of paint to distressed antique wood, Kimble depicts big, bushy cats, dignified horses, and other creatures in simple, usually rural settings, sliding into whimsy with a proud rooster decked out in red, white, and blue, then closes with a spread of elephants, giraffes, and the like. Children will enjoy the individual pictures, but next to such folk-art showcases as Barbara Ann Porte's Chickens! Chickens! (1995) and Black Elephant with a Brown Ear (in Alabama) (1996), this comes off as a rambling, wordy contrivance. (Picture book. 8-10)Read full book review >