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The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics

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The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics

By Art Spiegelman (Editor); Francoise Mouly (Editor); Jon Scieszka (Introduction by)

ABRAMS, Hardcover, 9780810957305, 350pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2009

"The TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics "is an unprecedented collection of the greatest comics for children, artfully compiled by two of the best-known creators in publishing and the field of comics--Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly.
This treasury created for young readers focuses on comic books, not strips, and contains humorous stories that range from a single-page to eight or even twenty-two pages, each complete and self-contained. The comics have been culled from the Golden Age of comic books, roughly the 1940s through the early 1960s, and feature the best examples of works by such renowned artists and writers as Carl Barks, John Stanley, Sheldon Mayer, Walt Kelly, Basil Wolverton, and George Carlson, among many, many others.
Organizing the book into five categories (Hey, Kids ; Funny Animals; Fantasyland; Story Time ; and Wacky & Weird), Spiegelman and Mouly use their expertise in the area of comics to frame each category with an introductory essay, and provide brief biographies of the artists. "The TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics" is essential reading for kids of all ages.

F&P level: T.

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 (, a nonprofit literacy organization.

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2009

Before there was Superman, other comics roamed the funny pages. The TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics is an anthology of these forgotten gems, lovingly selected by famed comic artist Art Spiegelman and his wife, Francoise Mouly. More at

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