Who was your favorite children’s writer/illustrator?
I like them all to varying degrees.
Seuss remains, hands down, the best writer of them all. I’m on the fence about his illustrating talents. He was enormously skilled, but his drawings don’t always engage me like the others.
Early Berenstain was enormously better than their later works, which seemed to suffer from overexposure, and an unfortunate decline in quality and questionable plot lines I first noticed with The Berenstain Bears And Poppa’s Nasty Old Bout Of Diarrhea, but I will always, always love The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree.
Richard Scarry was God. Oh, how I loved his detailed illustrations. I loved his characters – the most expressive of all the bunch here.
Finally there’s Mercer Mayer. Mercer I loved for his monsters, period.
Maybe I should rank them.
Maybe someone else here has stronger opinions.