Birthday Book


Every now and then our son goes through book phases when he gets very excited about looking through picture books. We’ve got a ton of those books but not all of them are great to look at. And so to celebrate J’s birthday we filled one of the not-so-pretty books with custom illustrations showing J and some of his toys.

It was a fairly quick side project but it was a lot of fun and it got a semi-appreciative audience because J was quite excited to recognize the toys he’s playing with in the pictures.



From sketch to page. (A form of J’s name is a homophone with the Polish word for a hedgehog and so we have all sorts of toy hedgehogs at home.)


An underwater page with various bath toys.


Nothing is more fun than IKEA rats.


Fun in the playground.


  1. How delightful! And now you have created a book that will be a piece of family history and an heirloom.

    • Thank you! That was the idea, though, realistically speaking, it will probably end up being a gray mess covered in fingermarks (and possibly bite marks, too).

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