The original "Struwwelpeter," or slovenly Peter, was the creation of physician and mental hospital director Hoffmann (1809-94) for his young son's amusement and instruction. Peter and the other characters of Hoffmann's rhymes were children who misbehaved in various ways only to meet with ostracism (Peter's fate), humiliation, mutilation, or death. Better than the rhymes were Hoffmann's intricate illustrations, which influenced many later children's book and comics artists. Staake renders tribute to Hoffmann by reillustrating 10 poems. In his highly geometrical style, figures and objects are constructed of brightly colored circles, triangles, rectangles, ellipses, and so forth, and placed on backdrops alive with flat, colored shapes. Although he essays perspective only on the last page of "Slovenly Peter," Staake displays compositional flair and imagination nearly everywhere; see, in particular, the second page of "Hans Stare-in-the-Air." The rhymes are probably still too much for very little children; Staake's pictures, on the other hand, are less scary and more child-friendly than Hoffmann's. Ray OlsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Bob Staake is the founder of PlanetCartoonist.com. He resides and works in Chatham, Massachusetts. Staake is the author and/or illustrator of over 30 books, including Headlines (written by Jay Leno, illustrated by Staake), The Complete Book of Caricature and The Complete Book of Humorous Art (both authored by Staake). The recipient of numerous awards, Staake has won the National Cartoonist Society's coveted 'Reuben Division Award' as Best Cartoonist in the category of Newspaper Illustration. He has appeared on Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, The Family Channel, National Public Radio, CNN and has been interviewed by Time, People, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today and other national publications.
Monte Beauchamp edited The Life & Times of R. Crumb from St. Martin's Press, and the popular Blab! series. His work has appeared in Print, Communication Arts, American Illustration, and the New York Festival's Annual of Advertising. He lives in Chicago, IL.