Little Lit: Strange Stories for Strange Kids

August 08, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

What would bring best-selling children’s author Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler) and Evil Eye artist Richard Sala together? A colorful and quirky story about a yeti lurking outside a little boy’s window (above), of course, part of the third and latest installment in Art Spiegelman’s genre-bending comics anthology, Little Lit: It Was a Dark and Silly Night (HarperCollins, $19.99). The book includes tales of humorless aliens and money-grubbing penguins as well as pieces by writer-artist dream teams like Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) and New Yorker veteran Gahan Wilson — all eager to work with the esteemed Maus creator, who helped open adult eyes to graphic novels. These days, Spiegelman shrugs off weightiness for whimsy, finding that a hodgepodge of clever kids’ stories can also be potent. ”My pet peeve is hearing ‘Oh, this book is really for grown-ups,”’ he says. ”I know that’s not true.” Somewhere, Dr. Seuss is smiling.

Little Lit: Strange Stories for Strange Kids

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