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Intended for collectors and for those nostalgic for their childhood best "reads," this oversize book (11.5x10.75") showcases American children's books published between 1900 and 1970, featuring 400-plus color reproductions of covers (and some interior illustrations), with captions that include bibliographic information and guidance to their dollar value as collectibles. Th Intended for collectors and for those nostalgic for their childhood best "reads," this oversize book (11.5x10.75") showcases American children's books published between 1900 and 1970, featuring 400-plus color reproductions of covers (and some interior illustrations), with captions that include bibliographic information and guidance to their dollar value as collectibles. The text by journalists Joseph and Cheryl Homme discusses various genres and the details of some books, authors, and series. After a section on the early days of publishing and the classics, arrangement is by genre—mysteries, westerns and war, adventure, science-fiction, and sports. The lack of an index hinders easy access to the contents. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR


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Intended for collectors and for those nostalgic for their childhood best "reads," this oversize book (11.5x10.75") showcases American children's books published between 1900 and 1970, featuring 400-plus color reproductions of covers (and some interior illustrations), with captions that include bibliographic information and guidance to their dollar value as collectibles. Th Intended for collectors and for those nostalgic for their childhood best "reads," this oversize book (11.5x10.75") showcases American children's books published between 1900 and 1970, featuring 400-plus color reproductions of covers (and some interior illustrations), with captions that include bibliographic information and guidance to their dollar value as collectibles. The text by journalists Joseph and Cheryl Homme discusses various genres and the details of some books, authors, and series. After a section on the early days of publishing and the classics, arrangement is by genre—mysteries, westerns and war, adventure, science-fiction, and sports. The lack of an index hinders easy access to the contents. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR

25 review for Storybook Culture: The Art of Popular Children's Books

  1. 4 out of 5

    David

    Call it 3.5 stars, rounded up Lots of fun. Wonderful illustrations -- cover art, some inside art. Good text on the various types of literature. Book divided into sections and subsections; for example, mystery stories, westerns and war books, adventure stories, sports stories, readers for beginners (e.g., the "Dick and Jane" series, the "Dr. Suess" series). Several other sections, too. Includes very interesting history of the industry of producing books for children. In the section on elementary read Call it 3.5 stars, rounded up Lots of fun. Wonderful illustrations -- cover art, some inside art. Good text on the various types of literature. Book divided into sections and subsections; for example, mystery stories, westerns and war books, adventure stories, sports stories, readers for beginners (e.g., the "Dick and Jane" series, the "Dr. Suess" series). Several other sections, too. Includes very interesting history of the industry of producing books for children. In the section on elementary reading textbooks, I learned that Dick and Jane have competition from other kids — several different publishers, each with their own families. Coffee-table-sized book finally finished and back on the coffee table. Or some sort of table. Anyway, took so long to read not because it wasn't interesting but because it is very wide and heavy and thus somewhat difficult to handle and requires commitment to sit down and pick it up! The illustrations are many and excellent; the text is useful although frequently the text is many pages removed from the illustrations related to the book being discussed. This required much flipping back and forth. I finally decided to look at the illustrations in a given section, then go back and read the text, flipping to an illustration if it seemed warranted. I bought this at a thrift store with an interior-design client in mind (we were stocking her coffee tables -- tables in general) with attractive books. The designer ruled this one not suitable for the client. So it's a keeper. OK with me! Note: yet another example of modern sloppy book production. Egregious proof-reading error in display type for one section: “Your” is rendered “Yuor”!!!"

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    Ann Finkel

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