Green Tiger Press was a publishing company well known for its high quality, vintage-styled children’s books. They have since been acquired by Laughing Elephant, a publishing company which strives for the same values and quality.
If you are aware of the book series Good Dog Carl, you’ve seen the publishing company Green Tiger Press. When I was growing up, my shelves were stocked full of Green Tiger’s books, from Hansel and Gretel to The Rising of the Wind. A common theme through all of their books was the artistry that went into the publication––the art was complex and imaginative; I remember staring at a single page for over twenty minutes as a little girl, just memorizing the warm and intricate strokes of the brush.
My father has a bit of a hobby regarding Green Tiger Press. Ever since they were acquired by Laughing Elephant, a company that tries to maintain the original feel of the books and preserve their one-of-a-kind presence, he has been collecting as many of their old titles as he can. Participating vicariously through him, I am able to re-experience the stories that fostered my imagination as a child, and long desperately for that sort of love and care to be returned to the children’s book industry of this generation.
Of course, there are still some of those precious books that come out every couple of years, but in an industry now controlled mostly by its bottom line, I feel that the precious intimacy that a book can have, as taught to me by Green Tiger Press’s books, has been set to the sidelines.
Green Tiger Press recently has become a player in the newly-vintage styled book market, which I think caters more towards the aesthetics of parents, than children, and has released a whole new line of children’s book titles, including one I simply couldn’t pass up, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. This is a story especially important to me for various reasons, so I was thrilled to find it (oddly) in my parents’ favorite hardware store.
What are your favorite publishing companies? Is there a reason you prefer them over others?