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children's literature

Comic by Lisa Brown

Beastly Boy

On the wall of my living room is a drawing by the late artist Tomi Ungerer. It’s of a bearded man in medieval garb clutching a book and an enormous knife. He’s grinning wickedly at a child screaming in a boiling cauldron, heated by a pile of burning books. The piece is for the cover of a children’s-book exhibition catalog from 1965.

Illustration by Oscar Reyes

Bedtime Stories

I can’t claim to have had a love affair with picture books when I was a boy. We read them, or at least my mother recalls falling asleep halfway through, but my parents weren’t really bookish types.