Books:  Children's - Collage - Poetry 

The following are three humorous children's picture books:  The Pancake Kids; The Pancake Kids Descend; and Michael John Hamilton Edward Paul Vincent Julius J. Caesar Edison Brains the 3rd's Really Fooled Up Day.  Stories are by Gary & Cat Bigelow, with Illustrations by Gary Bigelow.

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The Pancake Kids

Pancake - Verb (used with or without object), pancaked, pancaking.

Informally: To flatten or cause to flatten, as a result of a collision or other mishap.

Like Really Informal: A bored, lazy kid who lies about on this or that, here and there, on this thing or that thing, or on this one or that one, and usually underfoot, or in the way, as to drive adults and/or their parents insane...

Collage & Poetry

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The Pancake Kids Descend

They're back!  The Pancake Kids descend up the restful, peaceful, tranquil, quiet, calm, serene Placid Farms Co-op creating havoc as only these pancaking kids can...

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Michael John Hamilton Edward Paul Vincent Julius J. Caesar Edison Brains the 3rd's Really Fooled up Day

Michael John Hamilton Edward Paul Vincent Julius J. Caesar Edison Brains the 3rd's Really Fooled up Day tells the story of a 13.25 year old prankster who has run out of tricks on the greatest practical joke day of the year, April 1st.  He decides on the opposite which creates some unforeseen reactions from parents, teachers, friends and others.

Gary's Collage Poems are compiled from old 19th and early 20th century catalogs, encyclopedias, as well as trade engravings and illustrations. These surrealistic works allow for free association to elicit visual illusions, dreams and fantasies.

Gary's Poem without Words is a visual Poem Without Words told in 26 linocuts and The Pony is a short story in 72 minimally colored woodcuts, The Pony is a humorous and dark satire of a dream to escape the trappings of city or urban life for a rural, idyllic one. Sometimes, one is better suited for the life they are escaping. Sometimes not.

Gary's poetry books: Brown Bag Poems; Wheels in the Dust; & Sweetgrass and Prairie Songs; which he calls "word paintings", can be dark, heartfelt, playful, quirky, surreal, brutally honest and humorous.  His poetry draws you into an expanse as great as the one he experienced as a young person growing up during the waning of the Beat Generation and burgeoning Hippy Counter Culture. allowing you to feel his angst, melancholy, and joie de vivre.  His world is a geography of small towns, nature, dream worlds, loss, memories, love and the human element.