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 Arnold Lobel  (1933 - 1987)

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Lived/Active: New York/California      Known for: cartoon/comic, illustration

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Biography from Battledore Ltd Gallery:
During his career Arnold Lobel wrote and/or illustrated over seventy books for children. To his illustrating credit, he had a Caldecott Medal book -- Fables (1981) -- and two Caldecott Honor Books-His Own Frog and Toad are Friends (1971) and Hildilid's Night by Cheli Duran Ryan (1972).  For his writing, he received a Newbery Honor Award for Frog and Toad Together (1973).

Though he was a born storyteller -- Arnold Lobel began making up stories extemporaneously to entertain his fellow second-graders in Schenectady, New York, where he grew up in the care of his grandparents.  Mr. Lobel called himself a "lucky amateur" in terms of his writing.  Viewing himself as a professionally trained illustrator (he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute), he said, "I know how to draw pictures. With writing, I don't really know what I'm doing. It's very intuitive."

In addition to the Frog and Toad books, Owl at Home, Mouse Tales, The Book of Pigericks, and many other popular books he created, Mr. Lobel also illustrated other writers' texts that captured his fancy.  He viewed this as "something different and challenging."  Often his illustrations for those books showed a different aspect of his personality and his artistic expertise, ranging from his meticulous dinosaurs in Dinosaur Time by Peggy Parish to his chilling pen-and-ink drawings in Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep by Jack Prelutsky, about which the writer of Booklist said, "Young readers will be amazed that the gentle Lobel of Frog and Toad fame can be so comfortably diabolic."

In 1977 Mr. Lobel and his wife, Anita, a children's book author and artist in her own right, collaborated on their first book, How the Rooster Saved the Day, chosen by editors of the School Library Journal as one of the Best Books of the Year, 1977.  They then collaborated on three more books, A Treeful of Pigs, a 1979 ALA Notable Book; On Market Street, a 1982 Caldecott Honor Book; and The Rose in My Garden, a 1984 Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book.

Arnold Lobel's Biography has been supplied by his publisher Harper Collins.

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