Bob Staake's Look! A Book! exclusive preview


look-a-book-4.jpgBob Staake has long been one of my favorite illustrators. He's done a lot of covers for the New Yorker, as well as a bunch of terrific kids books. His latest book, Look! A Book!, is filled with colorful two-page spreads, each loaded with dozens of seek-and-find objects. It's my favorite book of his so far. My seven-year-old daughter and I had a great time going through this visual treat.

As I've mentioned before, Bob does all of his illustration work using a pre-OS X version of the Macintosh operating system and Photoshop 3. He doesn't use a stylus, and instead does everything with a mouse. Here's a video of Bob's process - it's amazing.

After the jump, you can see two additional page spreads from the book.

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Bob Staake's Struwwelpeter

The making of Bob Staake's New Yorker cover

Video of Bob Staake's unusual drawing process

The Donut Chef, by Bob Staake

The Orb of Chatham



  1. In addition to creating some of the best kids’ books, Bob is also an excellent Facebook poster. I know, I know — that’s like saying someone is a good food eater, or tooth brusher. No, but seriously — this guy has elevated the FB status update to a goddam art form. “Friend” him yourself and see!

  2. Thanks for posting this. I am going to show his video to my class which is currently learning Photoshop for the first time. I don’t think the kids understand me when I explain that back
    when I learned Photoshop there were no layers. They kind of go walleyed trying to comprehend.

  3. Mark, my 4 yr old son Saul has been enjoying Donut Chef and Red Lemon for the past 2.5 years. I will happily add this one to his library, thank you for the Staake pointer years ago

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