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The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comicsby Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly
This is one of my favorite books of the year! It is bursting with over 300 pages of full-color goofy, silly, weird, and wacky comic strips for kids, from the 1930s through the 1960s. Rediscover Pogo, Uncle Wiggly, Donald Duck, Dennis the Menace, and Little Lulu, among many others. The Toon Treasury is perfect for kids who are just discovering comic books and also a great gift for grown-up comic-book fans who want to revisit their childhood.
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The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics is an unprecedented collection of the greatest comics for children, artfully compiled by two of the best-known creators in publishing and the field of comics — Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly.
This treasury created for young readers focuses on comic books, not strips, and contains humorous stories that range from a single-page to eight or even 22 pages, each complete and self-contained. The comics have been culled from the Golden Age of comic books, roughly the 1940s through the early 1960s, and feature the best examples of works by such renowned artists and writers as Carl Barks, John Stanley, Sheldon Mayer, Walt Kelly, Basil Wolverton, and George Carlson, among many, many others.
Organizing the book into five categories ("Hey, Kids"; "Funny Animals"; "Fantasyland"; "Story Time"; and "Wacky & Weird"), Spiegelman and Mouly use their expertise in the area of comics to frame each category with an introductory essay, and provide brief biographies of the artists. The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics is essential reading for kids of all ages.
"Spiegelman and Mouly reinvented comics as pop art in their classic anthology RAW. This time out, they're reclaiming comics as a medium of far gentler thrills in a bountiful collection of story gems from a more whimsical era of graphic storytelling. Cartoonists little known to nonscholars are standouts: Sheldon Mayer's Sugar and Spike — toddler pals who speak their own language, much to the consternation of grownups — are a delight with their sweet hijinks. Andre LeBlanc's oddball 'Intellectual Amos' marries lush artwork to a bald boy who mysteriously soliloquizes about science to his silent imp companion. Dick Briefer's Frankenstein is a gentle freak who longs to play the tuba. But the genius triumvirate of John Stanley, Carl Barks and Walt Kelly dominates — the first two with their wry fables of greed, revenge and childhood hubris. Kelly is simply one of the most endearing cartoonists of all time — every line he draws or character he creates exudes charm. Adults and comics fans will pore over this revelatory treasury for the stunning art; kids will simply pore over it, immersed in worlds of fantasy that are worth visiting again and again. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The oversize format and 350 pages make for a delightful reading experience....Spiegelman and Mouly picked stories that are smart, funny, and warm." Boing Boing
An unprecedented collection of the greatest comics for children, artfully compiled by two of the best-known creators in publishing and the field of comics, this treasury created for young readers focuses on comic books, not strips. The comics have been culled from the Golden Age of comic books, roughly the 1940s through the early 1960s.
About the Author
Art Spiegelman is an American comics writer, artist, and editor. He is the creator of Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids for Topps, and is best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel memoir, Maus.
Francoise Mouly is an artist and designer. Together with Art Spiegelman, she edited the groundbreaking comics anthology Raw from 1980 to 1991. She is the art editor for The New Yorker, and publisher of TOON Books.
Jon Scieszka is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. He is the author of The Stinky Cheese Man, which won a Caldecott Honor medal, and the founder of Guys Read (guysread.com), a nonprofit literacy organization.
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