May 14, 2010

Kid Lit Day: Mercer Mayer

I have always loved Mercer Mayer, well before the Little Critter books made him so popular. One of my favorite books growing up was East of the Sun and West of the Moon. I had never read that fairy tale until I had read his version and his illustrations are so amazing. Click on the images from this site to see some of them.

I adored so many of his books from when I was younger. Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-a-Zoo, Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp, the Frog books, Me and My Flying Machine (this was one of my favorites). There are so many things going on in his illustrations, kist packed with things to notice. I have been trying to get my own set of these books--some have been republished, but some are hard to find.

Kids now know of MErcer Mayer due to the Little Critter books, but that is just a good jumping off point to introducing them to his truly best work.

Here he is reading There's an Alligator Under My Bed (wouldnt' be he a fun grandpa)?


  1. I am sadly only familiar with him from Little Critter books and I do love Liza Lou but thank you for introducing me to some of his other titles! East of the Sun and West of the Moon looks worth purchasing.

  2. Ack! There's another East of the Sun, West of the Moon book? AND it's by Mercer Mayer? Must have.