The list author says: "I was one of those kids who taught herself to read at a young age and read adult novels early; on the other hand, I maintained a passionate devotion to picture books and continued to enjoy them long after my friends read only chapter books. I often felt--and feel now, as a mother--that I'm searching for a genre that exists marginally: the picture book for all ages. I love the art and something I heard a book editor describe as the "analog intelligence" of the picture book. My wish is for more challenging and advanced picture books, to tempt children to linger in this beautiful world for a longer time. I'm sure there are many more titles to add to my list, and so I'll continue searching and growing my collection."
"Not a picture book, but I'd love to see many of these stories made so. A challenging book that at times angered me, it nonetheless influenced how I think about children's literature to a profound degree."
"Wow--I only just came across this remarkable book. The cover moves me deeply. The story presumes some familiarity with "Frankenstein." Barrett's miniature illustrations of scenes from "F" remind me of my mother's, in that they are faithful to the original novel and show the Creature with transparent yellow skin and flowing dark hair."