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From Mother Goose to Dr. Seuss: Children's Book Covers 1860-1960

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From Mother Goose to Dr. Seuss: Children's Book Covers 1860-1960

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Harold Darling
genre:
Pop Culture, Coffee Table

We gave it a B

Long before marketers of Rugrats and Teletubbies regaled tykes with their glossy wares, the kiddie-book industry wasn’t averse to generating a little spin of its own. Dr. Seuss, for instance, was convinced that cover characters should make eye contact with buyers to give readers the sense ”that they know us and…are part of the experience.” Some covers, like 1958’s The Rabbits’ Wedding, sparked controversy (the illustration depicted a white rabbit and a black rabbit getting hitched). Harold Darling sprinkles these and other fascinating tidbits throughout his book, elevating From Mother Goose to Dr. Suess beyond mere pretty-book status. B