Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson from 7imp

I just stumbled across this great interview on 7imp–accompanied by lots of cool visual reference–with Phillip Nel about his book Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss about two of the greatest children’s book creators (I’m sure I’m not alone in this assessment). I just gave A Hole Is to Dig to a friend for a baby shower.

A Hole is to Dig by Ruth Krauss and Maurice Sendak

I love Barnaby.

Barnaby by Crockett Johnson

And this baby…

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss and Crocket Johnson

is one of my all-time faves!  One interesting little tidbit to be found here: Crockett Johnson had an FBI file (Ruth Krauss didn’t) which identifies him as “a concealed communist.” At least he wasn’t all alone in being assessed as such. Just as a little bonus, Chris Ware did the cover!  It kind of seems like Jimmy Corrigan and Harold might be separated at birth. I know what’s next on my list….


  1. Carol Munro
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    I just got “A Hole is to Dig” at a tag sale two weeks ago. A former teacher was selling off her OUTSTANDING collection of books. She had marvelous taste, and her students were privileged indeed. In retrospect, I should have bought the entire collection instead of an armful.

  2. Carol Munro
    Posted September 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    I think mine is from 1952. It has no other copyright or edition dates in it. Hardcover price: $3.95 Or is this just a clever reprint?

  3. Posted September 11, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    Very cool, Carol. Would love to know what else was in that collection.

  4. Carol Munro
    Posted September 12, 2012 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    Many of the books she had were signed by the authors/illustrators, or had signed nameplates. She went to the Keene State Children’s Lit conference every year (which I also often attended so we likely crossed paths prior to meeting in her garage, lol). I got: The Book without Words by amazing Avi, Star Mother’s Youngest Child by Louise Moeri & beautifully illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, A Year Down Yonder by the incredible Richard Peck, Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli (I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never read his work), and A Hole is to Dig. She had other books by Sendak, Yolen, Dyer, and others, lots of non-fiction, books laid out on tables and boxed according to age group. There was an obvious respect for the books so I had to ask if she was a writer or a teacher.

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