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Birthday Boy: Richard Scarry

JUNE 5, 2008
Richard Scarry, born on June 5th 1919
If you know who Richard Scarry's replacement is in the pantheon of illustration gods, please get in touch! His narrative formula, sense of humor, and seemingly effortless technical skills still blow me away. My kids have grown up and we don't read Scarry's "Busy" books any more but I miss them a lot.

There's a fun and supportive biography of Scarry written by Ole Ransom and Walter Retan, his editor at Random House. The sense of play and affection is pervasive.
rotten.com: biography with lots of images
Scarry book covers (The Reading Well)
a long bio and bibliography
• an interesting comparison of "politically correct" revisions to Scarry's encyclopedic spreads
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