I just finished writing a way too long comment on the FUSE 100 list. — http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/blog/1790000379/post/540044254.html?nid=3713
It is a great, great list … but the name of one of the greatest — perhaps the greatest — kidlitters is missing: Richard Scarry.
So here’s my comment:
Four of my 10 made it, so that’s not bad. But I had Scarry on my list twice and I’m really disappointed that he didn’t make it.
It’s sad to think that he has lost the respect of the kidlit community — and thus falling off library bookstore shelves.
Here was a man so driven to entertain kids that he would load his pictures with endless little treasures – like hiding Goldbug on every page or having Lowly Worm goofing off on the sidelines.
Not just a great artist, but an evolving artist whose early and later styles are vastly different — compare I Am a Bunny to What Do People Do All Day — but both wonderful.
And, let’s not forget, he was a great writer. The Scarry-style is pitch perfect. Both matter-of-fact and absurd and rarely requiring extra explanation.
Aren’t you proud of me for not singling out he books on the list that I would throw out to make room for Scarry?
What more can I say? What Do People Do All Day & I Am A Bunny are treasures, as are many other Scarry books. I’ll make a list if you need it. He belongs in the top 10!