Featured Author: Arnold Lobel


Arnold Lobel and "Owl"

Arnold Lobel and "Owl"

“Arnold Stark Lobel (May 22, 1933–December 4, 1987) was a popular American author of [pre-school-age] children’s books. Among his most popular books are those of the Frog and Toad series, and Mouse Soup, which won the Garden State Children’s Book Award from the New Jersey Library Association. Lobel won the 1981 Caldecott Medal for his book  Fables.” (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Lobel used alliteration and detailed imagery to bring his animals to life; although his illustrations were anthropomorphized, with Owls in bathrobes and Toad and Frog using vehicles to travel in, his colors are earthy and pastel, giving both a realistic and fantastic feel to his art.

Lobel also illustrated the works of other authors, for example Nathaniel Benchley, Charlote Zolorow, Jean van Leeuwen, Edward Lear. Lilian Moore, Peggy Parish, Jack Prelutsky as well as using other illustrators to illustrate his books.

Scholastic Titles I have found to date, written and/or illustrated by this author:

TW- 754- Benchley, Nathaniel- Red Fox and His Canoe– 1965- Illustrator:  Arnold Lobel
TW-1996- Benchley, Nathaniel- Sam The Minuteman– 1972- Illustrator: Arnold Lobel
TW 2248- Lobel, Arnold– Frog and Toad Together- Illustrator: Walter Tripp
TW-2445- Lobel, ArnoldMouse TalesAuthor Illustrated
TW-3304- Myrick, Mildred- The Secret Three– 1976- Illustrator: Arnold Lobel
TW-3514- Lobel, ArnoldOwl At HomeAuthor illustrated
TW-4066- Lobel, ArnoldMouse Soup– original copyright 1977

Of course, there are probably more, as this is a work in progress.

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About vintagescholastics

I love these old Scholastics! I am a bookseller, writer, and dog-lover; live at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains of New York with my computer-programmer husband. We love motor-cycle riding, renovating our old camp on Lake Desolation, gardening, and researching our genealogy. The purpose of this blog is to highlight those beloved old books from the Scholastic Book fairs from 1950 - 1979. This will serve as a catalogue of the books, with their identifying numbers, a plot summary, and a photo of the cover; with a searchable index. I want to give all of the writers and illustrator's bios so they get credit (many were writers in the summer while on vacation from their regular schoolteaching jobs.; some are lesser known efforts by very famous people; and some are reprinted classics.) Hopefully, their fans will be able to identify favorite titles with snipets of remembered information. We will always be adding new ones, and welcome your submissions
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