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Read Eerie Dearies

Read Eerie Dearies by Rebecca Chaperon

Astral projection, gremlin-attacks, and teleportation are just a few of the reasons for academic absence creatively illustrated in this book. Eerie Dearies is an unusual book that offers a carefully crafted & alphabetized selection of twenty-six beautifully illustrated excuses for being awol from school. Faded and well-used book covers serve as compelling backgrounds to each of these delicately rendered acrylic paintings, creating an atmosphere akin to an old and dusty collection of darkly humorous myths.

A reimagined Gashlycrumb Tinies with creepy preteen girls in high heeled boots. Really cool art and design concept of painting (or collaging?) all the illustrations on book covers or pages. The paintings themselves were appropriately eerie, often their skin almost blue tinted. The eyes remind me a little of Betty Boop but I’m not sure what nebulous time period this is meant to be. I think the execution of the letters left a little to be desired, with not all of the words really seeming like a way you would skip school. The illustrations were sometimes a little disconnected from the words for me, for example insomnia had a girl walking face deep in water. It may just be metaphorical and over my head 😉 I’m a fan of Chaperon’s painting and while this is clearly a bit older style I found it worked well for the concept.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at tracy.durnell@gmail.com. She/her.

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