The art of popular children's books
Remember hiding under the covers and being swept away by a fantastical tale while clutching a flashlight? Sure, it began with Dick and Jane, but soon moved on to the more sophisticated Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, and before you knew it, the journey was out of this world with Tom Swift Jr. and his science-adventure sagas. These illustrations and stories are not lost. They are here just as you remember them in Storybook Culture. Abundantly illustrated, this study in American culture tells the history of the stories, the authors, the illustrators, and the art that sold seven decades on the power of the imagination. This sentimental voyage is sure to evoke fond memories of childhood and, if only for a moment, recapture the innocence of youth.
About the Authors:
Joe and Cheryl Homme have contributed to a variety of publications and media, from a comedy column in a small newspaper, to copy for radio broadcast, and human-interest pieces. The Hommes find their writing projects to be quite rewarding due to the education they have received through their tireless research and from the enjoyment they garner from working together. To their passion for children's literature was added the passion of many people who held similar feelings for the books of their childhood. That is how the project that would become Storybook Culture began. Nearly two years in the making, this book celebrates the illustrators and authors, and speaks of the Homme's admiration and respect for this fascinating subject.