Ruth Krauss (1901-1993) is the author of over thirty books for children, including the classics The Carrot Seed, illustrated by her husband, Crockett Johnson, and A Hole Is to Dig, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. "Ruth Krauss's intuitive ability as a writer to capture the free-spirited thought processes and laughter of young children ensures her books' widespread acceptance and timeless appeal." So concludes her entry in children's Books and Their Creators (1995).
Crockett Johnson was born in New York and spent his childhood on Long Island. He acquired his art education at New York University and Cooper Union.
For many years the author and illustrator of the popular comic strip Barnaby, Mr. Johnson also illustrated many wonderful children's books, including Ruth Krauss's The Carrot Seed. He is perhaps best remembered for his own slyly engaging books about a small boy named Harold and his journeys with a purple crayon.
This book is deep. It explores the complex nature of family and gardening technique. The obvious question when reading this book is whether the bumps on the boy's head is his hair... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Zero
My kids fought over this book for thirty years, they still nick it from each other's houses and read it to their own kids. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rasselas
A very simple book, with basic illustrations and only a few words per page -ideal for two to three year olds who like the repetitiveness and predictability of the story.Published on 10 May 2012 by Jane