New book: Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue, by Molly Coxe ’81, photographs by Olivier Toppin (BraveMouse Books)
The author: The author and illustrator of 10 other children’s books, Coxe loved to draw whimsical characters as a child and wrote her thesis for the English department on the synergy between the illustrations and text in Oliver Twist. She made the stuffed animal characters and designed the miniature sets for Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue, the debut book of the tiny publishing company she and her husband, Craig Canine ’81, started last year. “Our headquarters,” she notes, “is a one-room studio Craig built in the woods outside of our house on Orcas Island,” north of Seattle.
Review:Publishers Weekly wrote: “Creatively composed photographs are the highlight of this distinctive picture book. … [The photos] overflow with mouse-size toys, matchstick ladders, and other delicate details that give the book the feel of a very large epic on a very small scale.”