Children’s Books by Fucile, Goodrich, Klassen & Vischer

Animation artists have worked in children’s book publishing for almost as long as the animation industry has existed. The trend continues to this day; below are four recently published children’s books that were illustrated by artists who have extensive animation industry experience. And we’ll probably see more of these books for quite some time: in a rare bit of good news for the traditional publishing industry, this Publisher’s Weekly article reports that children’s book sales remain one of print’s strongest markets.

Tony Fucile
Mitchell’s License illustrated by Tony Fucile

Carter Goodrich
Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich

Jon Klassen
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Frans Vischer
Fuddles by Frans Vischer


  • http://www.segaltoons.com Steve Segal

    Wonderful art. Wouldn’t it be great if they made animations that looked like these?

  • http://www.wardjenkins.com Ward

    Klassen’s book has been getting great reviews – I’m really looking forward to checking it out. Fucile’s is a lot of fun with great characters (of course!). I’m actually working on two books (as part of a series) for Chronicle Books right now, to be published in spring of next year. Almost done!

  • optimist

    All these books are beautifully done.

    The first credit should probably read “by Hallie Durand and Tony Fucile”, as Tony wasn’t the author/illustrator as is the case with the others.

  • http://reem-ali-adeeb.blogspot.com/ Reem

    You forgot William Joyce (Moonbot Studio) new book http://thejadesphinx.blogspot.com/2011/09/man-in-moon-by-william-joyce.html The man in the moon

    • Bob

      Thanks for that link — it’s a cool site!

  • http://www.hobsonanimation.com Kevin

    These are beautiful illustrations. I love children’s books because they each have a unique and wonderful art style.

  • Matthew Koh

    “Animation artists have worked in children’s book publishing for almost as long as the animation industry has existed”

    Is there any proof? I didn’t know that.

    • amid

      Some names you can look up: Albert Hurter, Hardie Gramatky, Myron Waldman, Bill Peet, Paul Julian, Frank Tashlin, Alice and Martin Provensen…that’s just off the top but there are countless others.

      • Steve Gattuso

        And let us not forget Mary Blair, Amid.

    • http://www.caricaturesbydave.com Dave Stephens

      What, you think those animators of old ONLY drew animation? Art has never had limits and there is infinite proof of that…

  • http://www.wardjenkins.com Ward

    Others: Aurelius Battaglia, JP Miller, Mel Crawford, just to name a few.

  • http://www.daganm.blogspot.com Dagan

    Awesome!

    And so cool to see how stylistically different each of these styles are, too… all beautiful!

    Very interested in this Jon Klassen book now, thanks for the tip. And anything Mr. Fucile does just flat out rules, be it in print or in motion. :)

    Frans Vischer… Very cool. Didn’t he lead on Darla Dimple
    on ‘Cat’s Don’t Dance’? Loved his work on that!