Artist Catch Up: Jon Klassen’s The Nest

May 25, 2016

Jon Klassen is one of those Red Cap artists that we cannot seem to ever keep up with, because he always has such fantastic projects in the works! When he’s not off winning Caldecott Awards, tweeting hilarious daily dog pics, or illustrating drool-worthy greeting cards for us, he’s most likely busy as a bee making readable art. Speaking of busy as a bee (or wasp, in this case)–his newest illustrative work on Kenneth Oppel’s The Nest, is due out October 6th!

The Nest, illustrated by Red Cap Cards artist Jon Klassen

Steve just wants to save his baby brother—but what will he lose in the bargain? This is a haunting gothic tale for fans of Coraline, from acclaimed author Kenneth Oppel (Silverwing (The Silverwing Trilogy), The Boundless) with illustrations from Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen.

For some kids summer is a sun-soaked season of fun. But for Steve, it’s just another season of worries. Worries about his sick newborn baby brother who is fighting to survive, worries about his parents who are struggling to cope, even worries about the wasp’s nest looming ominously from the eaves. So when a mysterious wasp queen invades his dreams, offering to “fix” the baby, Steve thinks his prayers have been answered.

All he has to do is say “Yes.” But “yes” is a powerful word. It is also a dangerous one. And once it is uttered, can it be taken back?


Eek! We are on the edge of our seats. Can’t wait for this one, just in time for Halloween. Preorder your copy here, and view Jon’s scrumptious designs for Red Cap Cards, here.