By Carl Hoffman
William Morrow & Company, Hardcover, 9780062116154, 322pp.
By Carl Hoffman
Beverly Cleary, who turned 100 last week, has written more than three dozen children’s books over the course of her life, starting with her first book, “Henry Huggins”, in 1950. Cleary was working as a librarian when a group of little boys complained to her that he couldn’t find any books about “kids like us.” hence, Cleary, a hater of didactic literature, birthed Henry Huggins, of Klickitat Street in Portland, Ore.
Henry had a best friend named Beezus and a mischievous but lovable little sister Ramona Quimby. The earlier books in the series tend to be written from Henry’s point of view, and the later ones from Ramona’s; there is also one where the protagonist is Ramona’s sister and one told from the POV of Henry’s dog. I’ve read them all, most multiple times.
Publication Date: March 10, 2015
Stanley is one of my all-time favorite comics writers, the most consistently funny, the most consistently idiosyncratic, and the most handsome writer to ever work in comics.
Stanley worked as a journeyman comics scripter from the 1940s through the 1960s. He is most well-known for his long-running Little Lulu comics – a character originally created by Marge Henderson Buell – produced by Dell.
For a long period, he wrote and drew ‘Nancy and Sluggo’ stories for the comic books based on Ernie Bushmiller’s newspaper comic. He also wrote original scripts for the licensed characters Tubby, Deputy Dawg, Clyde Crashcup, Choo Choo Charlie, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Oswald the Rabbit, Andy Panda, Krazy Kat, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Nellie the Nurse, Woody Woodpecker, Melvin the Monster, Heckle and Jeckle.
Steps to an Ecology of Mind by Gregory Bateson
By Gregory Bateson; Mary Catherine Bateson (Foreword by)
University of Chicago Press, Paperback, 9780226039053, 533pp.
Publication Date: April 15, 2000
The Girl with No Past
By Kathryn Croft
Bookouture, Paperback, 9781910751244, 302pp.
Publication Date: October 2, 2015