Dav Pilkey: How to Paint Molly and Melvin


Got your palette and paint brush?

Our buddy Dav Pilkey is back with another of his weekly how-to-draw sessions, this time with pastels. It’s a quick lesson in how to paint two minor characters from Dav’s Dog Man series, Molly and Melvin. The siblings were tadpoles in their first appearance in “Fetch-22” but Melvin is now a baby frog in the newest book in the series, “Grime and Punishment.” It’s the rare children’s book author who riffs on classics by Joseph Heller and Fyodor Dostoevsky, but Dav is just that resourceful.

It’s not easy being green, as Kermit liked to say, but at least Molly and Melvin are pretty easy to paint.

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Chet Baker

Legendary jazz trumpeter and vocalist Chesney Henry Baker — better known as Chet — died 32 years ago this month in Amsterdam. The Library acquired the Chet Baker Materials from the Papers of Diane Vavra in 2015, an intimate cache of 108 items.