Scholar of children’s literature and comics. Best-known for work on radical and anti-racist children’s literature, Crockett Johnson, and Dr. Seuss – especially Was the Cat in the Hat Black?


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Crockett Johnson

Learn about the creator of Barnaby and Harold and the Purple Crayon via my (archived) Crockett Johnson Homepage and other writings.

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Recent Posts

  • The sound of gunfire, off in the distance. #PlagueSongs, no. 40
    This song — written in 1979 — imagines war in the US. Though war is not happening in the US (at the time of this writing, anyway), war is always happening somewhere. After Russia attacked Ukraine this week, Talking Heads’ “Life During Wartime” — with its images of urban warfare, urgent insurgency, limited food — has been
  • New site. Who’s this?
    Hello!  I now have a new website. I’ve had a website for 25 years. And, though I did update it, I didn’t do much with the design, which remained very web 1.0. The old website looked fine for, say, 2005. So, with thanks to Megan Montague Cash and the design firm of New Boston Creative
  • Traveled down the road and back again. #PlagueSongs, no. 39
    I found myself playing “Thank You for Being a Friend” on the guitar, discovered it was quite easy to play, and decided that yes – the theme from The Golden Girls is an apt song for our Corona Era. And so: Though written by (and even a pop hit for) Andrew Gold in 1978, the abridged