Magic Beach by Crockett Johnson

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Magic Beach, the first new book in forty years from the creator of Harold and the Purple Crayon, is the story of a boy and girl who discover the power of words on an enchanted beach. Published in celebration of the centennial of Crockett Johnsons' birth, Magic Beach includes an appreciation by Maurice Sendak, to whom Crockett Johnson was a mentor and friend, and an afterword by Philip Nel, who found the original drawings in the archives of the Smithsonian Institution.
 

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Crockett Johnson (1906-1975) began his artistic career as a political cartoonist. He then became a comic strip artist, creating the comic stripWho (1952), Johnson wrote and illustrated over 20 books for children, providing illustrations (but not the story) for seven more (beginning withThis Rich World in 1943 andThe Carrot Seed in 1945). Harold, the protagonist of his best known series, began his many journeys inHarold and the Purple Crayon (1955), which was followed byHarold (1956),Harold (1957),Harold at the North Pole (1958),Harold (1959),A Picture for Harold(1960), andHarold (1963). Crockett Johnson (1906-1975) began his artistic career as a political cartoonist. He then became a comic strip artist, creating the comic strip "Barnaby" which chronicled the adventures of a little boy named Barnaby Baxter and Mr. O'Malley, his bumbling fairy godfather, two of the most beloved comic-strip characters of the twentieth century. In the second phase of his career which began with Who's Upside Down? (1952), Johnson wrote and illustrated over 20 books for children, providing illustrations (but not the story) for seven more (beginning with This Rich World in 1943 and The Carrot Seed in 1945). Harold, the protagonist of his best known series, began his many journeys in Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955), which was followed by Harold's Fairy Tale (1956), Harold's Trip to the Sky (1957), Harold at the North Pole (1958), Harold's Circus (1959), A Picture for Harold's Room (1960), and Harold's ABC (1963).
 
Published October 1, 2005 by Front Street, Incorporated. 64 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Issued with revisions in 1965 as Castles in the Sand, with early 60s-ish illustrations by Betty Fraser, this philosophical tale appears here in its original form, beneath Johnson’s own rough, expressive sketches—sandwiched between an eloquent appreciation of both author and art by Maurice Sendak,...

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The publication of Johnson's (Harold and the Purple Crayon ) deceptively simple story marks the debut appearance of this work in precisely the way Johnson conceived of it.

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