The Horn Book
Publications about books for children and young adults
Illustration by Louise Fitzhugh. Used by permission of Laura Morehead.
Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She is a current member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee.
I never pictured it with lettuce. Still it would make a great t-shirt.
I agree with KT–never a thought of lettuce, but I did imagine mayonnaise, which of course represents a challenge to depict.
You have to have the lettuce just to satisfy the palette and the palate.. Red is always looking to pair up with green, and note all the yellow in the crust–yellow loves both red and green. Plus the texture contrast–the ruffled green vs the straight lines of the flat bread.
Very nice of Rich to share the image. Thanks, Jack
Elissa, can you tell us where this drawing came from and how Horn Book happened to find it? I thought it might be a rejected drawing from her book, but those were all black and white. Was this originally attended as a spot illustration for the dust jacket? Or was there a plan for a picture book on tomato sandwiches? Regardless, Jack Gantos is ready to write Ode to the Tomato Sandwich.
I would love to see what other art exists in Laura Morehead’s possession.
Hi KT — I wish I could! All we know is what Rich Michelson said: “The story behind the picture is only that it was found among Louise Fitzhugh’s papers. No one knows why it was not published or what it was done for.” Get Harriet on the case!
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