Front Street, Hardcover, 9781932425277, 60pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2005
Magic Beach, the first new book in forty years from the creator of Harold and the Purple Crayon, is the story of a boy and girl who discover the power of words on an enchanted beach. Published in celebration of the centennial of Crockett Johnsons' birth, Magic Beach includes an appreciation by Maurice Sendak, to whom Crockett Johnson was a mentor and friend, and an afterword by Philip Nel, who found the original drawings in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution.
About the Author
Crockett Johnson (1906-1975) began his artistic career as a political cartoonist. He then became a comic strip artist, creating the comic strip "Who" (1952), Johnson wrote and illustrated over 20 books for children, providing illustrations (but not the story) for seven more (beginning with "This Rich World" in 1943 and "The Carrot Seed" in 1945). Harold, the protagonist of his best known series, began his many journeys in "Harold and the Purple Crayon" (1955), which was followed by "Harold" (1956), "Harold" (1957), "Harold at the North Pole" (1958), "Harold" (1959), "A Picture for Harold"(1960), and "Harold" (1963).