Friday, September 27, 2013

The Tell-A-Tale of Buster Bulldozer

Today we have the tale of Buster Bulldozer, who learns over the course of the story the value of teamwork. Catherine Danner wrote this simple but very effective tale; and Mary Alice Stoddard did the illustration.

I love Stoddard's fluffy, beautifully composed work here - so rich and round. I haven't been able to find out much biographical detail about the artist, which I feel bad about. She was a fairly prolific illustrator of children's books, working from the late 1930s until the early 1950s. As far as I can find out, this work may be among her last. This title, Buster Bulldozer, is a Whitman Tell-A-Tale book published in 1952.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Bugs Bunny Hangs Around in Tell-A-Tale

I love these Tell-A-Tale books. This one, "Bugs Bunny Hangs Around," comes from a 1957 book. Nancy Hoag wrote the story. Fred Abranz and Norm McGary supplied the artwork (McGary most likely did the beautiful painting). The painting for these books from Whitman, as well as the artwork in the similar Little Golden Books, was nearly always wonderful. For more about artist, Norm McGary, check out the typically educational post by pal John Kricfalusi. Just click HERE!

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