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Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature

Philip Nel


Crockett Johnson (born David Johnson Leisk, 1906–1975) and Ruth Krauss (1901–1993) were a husband-and-wife team that created such popular children’s books such as The Carrot Seed and How to Make an Earthquake. Separately, Johnson created the enduring children’s classic Harold and the Purple Crayon and the groundbreaking comic strip Barnaby. Krauss wrote over a dozen children’s books illustrated by others, and pioneered the use of spontaneous, loose-tongued kids in children’s literature. Together, Johnson and Krauss’s style—whimsical writing, clear and minimalist drawing, and a child’s point-of ... More

Keywords: comics, Crockett Johnson, David Johnson Leisk, Ruth Krauss, children’s books, The Carrot Seed, Barnaby, children’s literature, Maurice Sendak, cartooning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781617036248
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Nel, author