Children's Books by Famous Illustrators: Harry Devlin


I've own just one children's book illustrated by Harry Devlin; his 1971 collaboration with wife, Wende, "Cranberry Thanksgiving." Since this weekend is Thanksgiving here in Canada, I thought it would be an ideal time to share this with you.

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The atmospheric quality Devlin achieves in his illustrations is really quite stunning.

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I'm under the impression this book is still in print, so I won't post too many pages here today...

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... but I did want to present enough to demonstrate once more what a skilled picture maker Harry Devlin was.

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When I first saw Devlin's character designs for "Cranberry Thanksgiving" I was very much reminded of the characters from Rankin-Bass' 1969 animated cartoon special "Frosty the Snowman."

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... but in fact it was Mad magazine artist Paul Coker Jr. who is credited with designing those characters.

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Harry and Wende Devlin collaborated on nearly 30 children's books over the later years of their careers - which combined sold in the millions of copies. Here are covers from a few others I found online.

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* My Harry Devlin Flickr set.

* Harry and Wende Devlin's official website

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