Straight Man and Clown in the Picture Books of Arnold Lobel
Stanton, Joseph, Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA)
With the death of Arnold Lobel at the age of only 54 in 1987 America lost one of its best and most popular children's book creators. "Easy readers," books designed for beginning readers, seldom win the major children's literature awards because they are usually thought to contain too few words to establish the literary distinction necessary to win the Newbery and too many words to allow for the illustrational distinction needed to merit the Caldecott. Lobel's efforts as an artist-writer of easy readers have, however, been singled out for both Caldecott and Newbery honors, as well as for numerous other awards. The universality and whimsicality of Lobel's tales contribute to their …
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Publication information: Article title: Straight Man and Clown in the Picture Books of Arnold Lobel. Contributors: Stanton, Joseph - Author. Journal title: Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA). Volume: 17. Issue: 2 Publication date: Summer 1994. Page number: 75. © 2004 Blackwell Publishers Ltd. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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