Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Authors, Illustrators, and Author-Illustrators

In an interesting interview with author-illustrator Tomi Ungerer today, he claimed that all the classic children's book writers are author-illustrators, not "merely" authors or "merely" illustrators.  Specifically, he said, "Look, it’s a fact that the children’s books that withstand the grinding of time all come from authors who did both. Because the author has a vision, and there’s an osmosis between the oral and the visual, which come together and mix." Do you agree?  Can you think of counter-examples?

1 comment:

  1. There are all the Oz books, The Wind in the Willows, Winnie the Pooh, books by Margaret Wise Brown... I understand his point. But I think there are probably many examples successful, classic of author-illustrator teams.