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The TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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Starred Review. 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.)
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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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Top customer reviews
I'm glad I bought this book - because it is a wonderful, high quality book with excellent story and art content. At about 11 1/2 inches by 9 1/2 inches and over 350 pages, it's a great value at the $40 suggested retail price. At Amazon's discounted price, it's a super bargain!
The stories are mainly 1940s through the 1950s, with one story as early as 1939 and another as late as 1965. I like the five different chapters containing the different type of children's stories - stories about kids, funny animals, fantasy, storytime, and weird & wacky.
There were several stories that I recognized that are among my favorites - such as a Fox and the Crow story titled "The Great Chiseler" from 1951, Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge stories, and the comic book story of the UPA cartoon "Gerald McBoing Boing", which translates well to paper.
I also enjoyed discovering many stories I had never read before - which was fun for me because I had read many such stories over the years.
The large pages and full color will make this book a treat for any child - no matter what age you are. I am 60 years old but I would have loved this book back in my early childhood and all the years in between.
This book has great color pictures and they are nice sized for "picture reading".
My sons enjoy reading and looking at this book with me. It's nice to have comics that are more geared towards the younger ones. They both like the fact that they have their own comic book like Mama and Daddy. :)
I'd suggest that you read through the book with your young children,since it does contain some mature (Mature,as in too old for their age to understand,but an adult would.)content that they aren't able to grasp yet. ( you might want to picture read or skip a few pages here and there). I may be more careful than some in this aspect.
This contains mostly Older comics and comic strips from a long time ago up until more recent years (Dennis the Menace,Family Circus,The Archies,Disney's cartoon comic strips,ect.) but it doesn't contain anything from now as in recent.
I think even adults would find this collection quite interesting and fun to read as well as to add to their bookshelf with their other comic books.
If you love comic books, especially old ones, like my daughter and I, buy this book!