Big Bot, Small Bot illustration

Marc Rosenthal, illustration from “Big Bot, Small Bot: A Book of Robot Opposites” (Powerhouse Books, 2015). ©Marc Rosenthal. All rights reserved.

Stockbridge, MA, December 1, 2015—Illustrator Marc Rosenthal will debut his new children’s book, Big Bot Small Bot: A Book of Robot Opposites, during a family art workshop to be held at Norman Rockwell Museum on Saturday, December 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. Explore Rosenthal’s interactive picture book, which introduces a group of friendly, colorful, retro-futuristic robots who demonstrate the concept of opposites; the book’s lift-the-flap gatefolds transform each illustration in a creative way. After Rosenthal’s talk, visitors will be invited to create lift-the-flap books of their own, or purchase their own copy of the illustrator’s book for the holidays. The afternoon event, sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, is free for Museum members or with regular admission.

Marc Rosenthal’s illustrations appear regularly in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and many other publications. He has both written and illustrated numerous children’s books including Phooey! (HarperCollins, 2007) and Archie and the Pirates (HarperCollins, 2009), and illustrated many others, including the bestselling Bobo series (Atheneum), written by his wife, Eileen Rosenthal, and, most recently, Mogie: The Heart of the House, written by Kathi Appelt (S&S, 2014). His newest book, Big Bot Small Bot, is the first in an interactive series for children. Rosenthal lives in the Berkshires in Massachusetts. Learn more about the artist’s work at:

Stockbridge at Christmas Weekend Events
December 4 through 6, 2015

Sponsored by the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce, this yearly holiday celebration, inspired by Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Mainstreet at Christmas painting, offers a full range of family activities. For more information, visit: 

Santa’s Workshop in Downtown Stockbridge
Sunday, December 6, 12 to 2 p.m.

Join Norman Rockwell Museum staff at St. Paul’s Church in downtown Stockbridge to create and decorate holiday hats and ornaments. Free with Stockbridge at Christmas admission.

Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Main Street
Sunday, December 6, 3 p.m.

Take an in-depth look at Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge Mainstreet at Christmas painting. The talk is free for Museum members or with regular admission; discounted admission is also available with a Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas Weekend button, available in the town of Stockbridge.