What I’m Doing at Kirkus This Week,
Plus What I Did Last Week, Featuring
Roger Duvoisin, Crockett Johnson, and William Steig

h1 February 12th, 2016 by jules


“It doesn’t pay to get too fonda /
Your python or your anaconda.”
— From
Consider the Lemming


 


— From the endpapers of Donkey-Donkey


 


“There was a little little bird.”
— From
The Happy Egg
(Click image to see spread with text and in its entirety)


 

Today over at Kirkus, I’ve got Valentine’s Day on the mind. That is here.

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Last week, I wrote here about some recent and upcoming picture book reissues — Roger Duvoisin’s Donkey-Donkey, three books by Jeanne and William Steig, and The Happy Egg by Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson. I’m following up today with art from each book.

[Please note: Some of the colors are slightly brighter in some of the art below. In the case of The Happy Egg, the yellow is significantly brighter than it appears in the book. Computers. What can you do?]

Enjoy!



 

From Roger Duvoisin’s
Donkey-Donkey,
originally published in 1940:


 


(from the endpapers)


 



“This is to show the inconvenience of wearing one’s ears in front …”


 




 



 

From Jeanne Steig’s Consider the Lemming,
illustrated by William Steig,
originally published in 1988:


 


From “The Lemming”
(Click to enlarge)


 



 

From Jeanne Steig’s Alpha Beta Chowder,
illustrated by William Steig,
originally published in 1992:


 


From “Bellicose Brigand vs. Belligerent Bear”
(Click to enlarge)


 


From “Noisome Naomi”
(Click to enlarge)


 



 

From Jeanne Steig’s A Handful of Beans,
illustrated by William Steig
originally published in 1998:


 


From “Hansel and Gretel”
(Click to enlarge and read text)


 


From “Little Red Riding Hood”
(Click to enlarge and read text)


 



 

From Ruth Krauss’s The Happy Egg,
illustrated by Crockett Johnson,
originally published in 1967:


 


“And one day …”
(Click image to see spread with text and in its entirety)


 


“It could sing.”
(Click image to see spread with text and in its entirety)


 



 

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ALPHA BETA CHOWDER. Text copyright © 1992 by Jeanne Steig. Illustrations copyright © 1992 by William Steig. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum, New York.

CONSIDER THE LEMMING. Text copyright © 1988 by Jeanne Steig. Illustrations copyright © 1988 by William Steig. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum, New York.

DONKEY-DONKEY. Text copyright © 1940 by Grosset & Dunlop. Copyright renewed © 1968 by Roger Duvoisin. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, The New York Review Children’s Collection, New York.

A HANDFUL OF BEANS. Text copyright © 1998 by Jeanne Steig. Illustrations copyright © 1998 by William Steig. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum, New York.

THE HAPPY EGG. Copyright © 2005 by the Estate of Ruth Krauss. Illustrations reproduced by permission of the publisher, Harper, New York.

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