Poems to Live Your Life By
In Poems to Live Your Life By, former U.K. Children's Laureate Chris Riddell (The Edge Chronicles) has chosen an assortment of poems that have most affected him--Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" in childhood, Leonard Cohen's songs while falling in love--and surrounded each selection with his detailed and fanciful black-and-white sketches. He divides the volume into eight sections, such as "Musings," "Love," "Family" and "Endings," and includes works by William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Rumi, Imtiaz Dharker and Kate Tempest.
Riddell's intricate illustrations range from dreamlike to grisly, and forcefully capture the mood and tone of the verse; the dark blue leather-like cover of the volume is etched with gold embossing and smooth to the touch, making it even more enticing to readers. This curated gem gives readers an inside look into what has influenced Riddell as an artist and writer, but more than that, it is a collection of words and artwork that will hopefully provoke and inspire others. --Shelley Diaz, supervising librarian, BookOps: New York Public Library & Brooklyn Public Library