We’ve been busy little elves here in the Rabbit Room office this fall. Last week we announced Russ Ramsey’s Behold the Lamb of God book and this week we’re really excited to be able to announce another new book: The Cymbal Crashing Clouds by Ben Shive and Benji Anderson.
Ben’s The Cymbal Crashing Clouds album is amazing on roughly thirty-seven different levels, and this book raises it to just about an even forty. It’s a companion to the album—but what the heck does that mean? It means eighty pages of great stuff like poetry, behind-the-music-style essays, and incredible Shel-Silverstein-meets-Pink-Floyd artwork by wunderkind Benji Anderson. Two entire songs from the album are given what can only be described as “the graphic novel treatment” with full spreads of artwork illustrating the lyrics as only Benji can. The bottom line is that it’s a hard book to describe because we’ve never seen anything quite like it—and that, of course, is why we at Rabbit Room Press love it.
Printed in hardcover and guaranteed to make you wonder “Who or what is that owl-boy?” this book is unlike anything else on your shelf. Get one while they last.
The Cymbal Crashing Clouds is now open for pre-orders. Books ship on the week of November 22nd. Here are a couple of full spreads, one from the first page of the song “Listen,” and one from the song “Someone Is Asking.”
Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he's the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.