Saturday, February 13, 2016

Crockett Johnson

Crockett Johnson  10/20/1906 - 7/11/1975

 Many of you may be familiar with the illustrator of Harold and the Purple Crayon by Ruth Krauss, published in 1955.

He also illustrated Ruth Krauss' book, The Carrot Seed.  Johnson was the illustrator or author/illustrator of over 20 books. 

Did you know he is also known for his 100+ mathematical paintings?  They hang in National Museum of American History.

Here are some more interesting facts about this talented man.

*     His full name is David Johnson Leisk.

*     His was born in New York City.

*     He supposedly gave himself the nickname Crockett (after Davy Crockett) to differentiate himself from several Daves in the neighborhood where he grew up. 

*     His last name, Leisk, was difficult to pronounce, so he used Crockett Johnson as his professional name.

*     He was married to author, Ruth Krauss (1941), with whom he collaborated on a few other books.

*     He and Ruth had no children.

*     He was well known for his comic strip, “Barnaby,” which ran from 1942-1952.

*     He mentored Maurice Sendak.

*     He died of lung cancer in Norwalk, Connecticut.