Remembering Marc Simont

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Anne Hoppe, editor of Marc Simont’s 2002 Caldecott Honor Book The Stray Dog, spoke at the memorial held for the acclaimed illustrator in Old Cornwall, Connecticut, on August 24, 2013. We are honored to share her remarks with our readers. For more from The Horn Book about Monsieur Simont, click here. I’ve been a children’s […]

Bob McCloskey, Inventor

by Marc Simont Should the recession get serious, a good inexpensive way for a tired man to find release from his tensions would be to go for a spin in Grampa Hercules’ Hide-a-Ride Machine. Bob McCloskey’s talent for devising mechanical contraptions is topped only by his ability to turn out books that carry off the […]

A profile of Marc Simont

by Elisabeth Lansing During the fall of 1940 my mother boarded her parrot with Mr. and Mrs. William Behn in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut. Why the Behns consented to shelter this soulless bird is not now clear to me. Mr. Behn is a blacksmith, specializing in quadrupeds. Mrs. Behn is fond of animals, but even she […]

Marc Simont’s Caldecott Award Acceptance*

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*Given at the meeting of the American Library Association, Kansas City, Missouri, June 25, 9957. by Marc Simont When I first received the news of the Award I was stunned. When I recovered from the shock, I did what I believe any other person would have done in my place — I celebrated. When all […]

Artist’s Choice by Marc Simont

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An illustrator comments in each issue of The Horn Book upon a new picture book he particularly likes. A Bell For Ursli Comment by Marc Simont The final judgment upon looking at a picture book — as in looking at a painting, piece of sculpture, reading a book, etc. — rests on the amount of […]

Marc Simont (1915-2013)

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Illustrator extraordinaire Marc Simont died July 13, 2013, in Cornwall, Connecticut, at ninety-seven. Three of his picture books received Caldecott recognition — the 1957 Medal for A Tree Is Nice (text by Janice May Udry); 1950 and 2002 Honors for The Happy Day (text by Ruth Krauss) and The Stray Dog — while many other […]

Reviews of select books by Marc Simont

happy day

The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss, illus. by Marc Simont, Harper, 1949 The author of The Carrot Seed and Bears has once again demonstrated her ability to tell a story in the fewest possible words. Her text and Marc Simont’s fine pictures tell of the animals in the woods running because they sniff a joyful […]