From skateboard and sneaker design to children’s picture
books, Australian artist Luke Feldman has created quite a cult following of his waif-like illustrated characters known as Skaffs. They hang in the Cartoon Art Museum, they delight hipster animation fans, and now they come to life in the vibrant children’s book Chaff n’ Skaffs: Mai and
the Lost Moskivvy, created along with illustrator and co-author Amanda Chin.
Mai (the lead Skaff in this story) heads on an outrageous adventure with her strange, large, round, gray, top hat-wearing Chaff pal and escort Moskivvy, the
lost Australian mosquito, while meeting monks and ladybugs and teaching readers the virtues of courage and compassion.
this book is as random as it sounds, quite to the delight of my five-year-old,
who loved both the story and the willowy, bendy Mai. After reading the book, you can even check out Feldman’s other Skaffs on his website. But be warned, his extensive resume also includes some dabbling in erotic art, so don’t
let little fingers do the walking without you. –Rita