Whenever someone we know has a baby, we go on the hunt for our favorite kid’s book, the enduringly great, zennish, out-of-print, A Hole Is to Dig by Ruth Krauss with illustrations by Maurice Sendak. We buy used copies, doing our best to find clean ones, but we never really know what we’ll get.
Recently, we found a treasure hidden in one, and a great idea.
On the inside cover was a library card pocket, but with a personalized sticker that said “This belongs to Triniby”
We noticed some pages tucked inside the pocket and gently took them out to see what they were.
We unfolded them to discover the most remarkable little drawings with annotations…
Triniby drew wonderful dresses, named them, and wrote enticing notes as though for a fashion magazine.
We especially love “Night Puff”:
….and “Spin Fall”: “leaves are the point of it all“.
Her ( ) seems to indicate the inspiration for each particular design…
What a wonderful idea: To glue a pocket in a kid’s book into which they can put their notes, drawings, secrets, inspirations…
At Amazon, we found a trove of different styles of “library card pockets”, from the classic manilla ones, above, to these jazzy “circus” pockets
Now that we think if it, why not put stylish note pockets in grownup books as well?