June 05: The Bard of Busytown

2016/06/05 § 1 Comment

On this day in 1919 Richard Scarry was born.

By the time of his death in 1995, Scarry had written and illustrated hundreds of books that were ostensibly for children but enjoyed by a wide age group.  And for good reason: Scarry’s books were intelligent, endearing and enchanting, full of whimsy and delight.  Legos and Lincoln Logs are given a lot of credit as the early inspiration for a lot of future architects; the Muse knows that just as many spent captivated hours poring through titles like Busytown, where narratives and expositions unfold in huge aerial images and section drawings of buildings.

Later they learn about Vitruvius and Alberti, Ruskin and Le Corbusier; but in the beginning, it’s Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm, Miss Honey and Hilda Hippo who draw them in to the multitude of detail describing every bit of life in a busy little town, built up before our eyes.

Image: Mr. Fox’s grill is the only polluting force in Busytown (from this source)

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