Richard Scarry

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               Love Scarry’s colors and shapes, and the way he labels objects in his books. Someone pointed out to me recently that all of the animals in his illustrations are basically composed of the same exact forms, with a very small range of expressions. I find that interesting, in the sense that his characters become recognizable, but also very repetitive. What I like most about these is the sense of a little world that he creates, which is obviously fictional, but is real enough to be able to enter through his fairly basic drawings. Maybe a part of it is his depiction of everyday scenes and activities, despite the fact that all of the characters are animals. In a way that makes the story more convincing?