Primitivo greatly resembles zinfandel, having once been thought to be one and the same grape. However, big, bold fruits with spicy notes define this grape.

The deliciously whimsical work showcased here, created last year for a children’s book Sislen’s writing and illustrating, bears the title Whiff the Curious and Friends.

With its titular geographic reference, A Dublin Cityscape by Kirkwood’s Ron McIlvain almost perforce calls to mind that most iconic of Dubliners, 20th-century literary giant James Joyce.

Richard M. Powers. At first glance, rightly or otherwise, Jasmine Raskas’ Powered by Light calls to mind the works of that Chicago-born neo-surrealist.

When considering books to read with your little ones, parents, mix fiction, nonfiction and poetry – but consider also sing-and-read storybooks, based on familiar songs, nursery rhymes or fingerplays learned in school.

Those inclined to instantly disallow any potential connection between art and whimsy likely will find the starch in their collars (and elsewhere) especially discomforting on contemplating the works of Creve Coeur’s Jim Winnerman, like Tastes Like Cat, shown here.