Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Mel Crawford - Rootie Kazootie

Three Little Golden Books illustrated by Mel Crawford were based on Rootie Kazootie, a Howdy Doody like kid's TV show from the '50s. Rootie Kazootie Detective 1953, Rootie Kazootie Baseball Star 1954 (not shown); and Rootie Kazootie Joins the Circus 1955 complete the LGB series.

Mel Crawford illustrated over 200 children's books including many Little Golden Books using both cartoony and traditional "realistic" styles, depending on the subject matter. As you can see, I'm a bigger fan of the cartoony stuff which also includes books featuring Yogi Bear and The Flintstones. If you want to see more work by Mel Crawford be sure to visit my flickr page.

from Rootie Kazootie Joins the Circus

from Rootie Kazootie Joins the Circus

from Rootie Kazootie Detective

--click on images for larger view


Blogger drunkenslens said...

I adore these illustrations, this is wonderful. I have a growing collection of old children's books as nice to see this today, really made me smile!And you laid it out beautifully too! Cheers!

By chance have you ever read "The Bat Poet" written by Randall Jarrell/illustrated by Maurice Sendak.
I reread it the other night, it is golden!

12/21/2005 5:40 PM  
Blogger Eric Sturdevant said...

I'm not familiar with "The Bat Poet" but I think Maurice Sendak is great. I'll have to check that one out.

Glad you like the post!

12/21/2005 10:16 PM  
Blogger SteveLambe said...

Man...I'm in love with Mel's work. I think I have just about all his cartoony books outside of Rootie. Those in paticular are expensive to get. Thanks for posting these, Eric!

I believe Mel's still alive and kickin up in Canada.

12/22/2005 8:33 AM  
Blogger Eric Sturdevant said...

If you're interested Steve, here's a link to his website. It's dedicated to his "fine art" work and, unfortunately, contains no samples of his children's book illustration. If the info on the site is current, he lives somewhere in New England.

12/23/2005 5:02 PM  

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