As Richard Marschall states in his introduction to this well-presented art book, "It might be a stretch to describe McCay as a Surrealist, but he clearly presaged the movement that portrayed fevered thoughts via photographic depictions." This is no surprise to the legions of Winsor McCay's existing admirers. What makes The Best of Little Nemo in Slumberland
a real joy are the more than 200 pages of full-color, large-sized reproductions of many of McCay's best pieces. The collection surrounds the reader with Little Nemo's Edenic images of a fantasy paradise. In addition to Marschall's introduction, there are appreciation essays by Maurice Sendak, Ron Goulart, Art Spiegelman, Charles Schulz, Chuck Jones, and Bill Watterson.
The possessor of a wild and seemingly limitless visual imagination, McCay luckily had the graphic virtuosity to bring his slumberland fantasies to life before the viewer's bedazzled eyes.... With such unremitting graphic high jinks to beguile us, plot, dialogue and characterization are almost beside the point. McCay's protagonists are little more than cardboard foils for the artist's incredible flights of fancy. -- The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review, Selma G. Lanes