Thursday, October 24, 2013

"Animal Cafe" Story and Pictures by John Stadler

       "Must be magic," says Maxwell the shopkeeper when one morning each week he finds his shelves bare, his cash register full, and his dog and cat conked out in a heap at the back of the store. Most dogs and cats have a few secrets from their owners. Sedgewick and Casey have a beaut!
       One night a week they hang out a new sign over the old one at Maxwell's Food Shop. The new sign reads: ANIMAL CAFE---and anyone furred, finned or feathered is welcome. And everyone comes---to see and be seen, to sample concoctions (prepared by Master Chef Casey, the cat) featuring prune juice and lima beans, mixed.
       Next morning Maxwell's pets can barely clean up the mess and roll Cutlet the pig out the door (he's stuffed as full as the cash register!) before their unsuspecting owner returns. It's the same magic each week.

                                                                                             (from the book jacket)

"I give it FIVE oinks!!!" Leon Archibald, Across the Stone Bridge, a book blog, October 2013

Animal Cafe, back cover

An announcement about John Stadler's lecture at Bucknell University in April of 2008 included this biography:

John Stadler is the name of the entity consisting of aggregates of conditioned tendencies giving the impression of an independent, self-governing being.
This illusory self, endlessly pulsating between being and nothingness, attended and even graduated from Bucknell University at some point in the 20th century. He majored in the Heimlich Maneuver.
After graduation, he attended the Art Academy of Munich in Germany and, later, the New York School for the Visual Arts.  He also attended Brooklyn Law School for an half an hour.

He has written and/or illustrated approximately thirty books for children including The Ballad of Wilbur and the Moose, Big and Little, and the bestselling The Adventures of Snail at School. His artwork is in many museum collections. His titles have been adapted for television, performed as plays and been drafted by the New York Giants as offensive linemen and wide receivers.
Many of his titles have been selected by ALA Editor's Choice, the CBC's Children's Choice, and Reading Rainbow.
He has domiciled in New Hampshire with his wife, Nomi, for lo these many years.

More books by John Stadler

Cat at Bat, back cover

Interior jacket flaps

For an article featuring this title
see my book blog dated 10/8/2013
This is a word with wrinkled knees

Posters 1980s

Space Printers

John Stadler said, "This won an advertising award back in the early 1980's. I did it for a printing company in New Rochelle, NY, called The Longacre Press. They printed thousands upon thousands of these."

Sea Printers

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