Author Archives: Philip Nel

Mark Newgarden and Megan Montague Cash, Bow-Wow’s Nightmare Neighbors (Roaring Brook, 2014)

Nightmare Neighbors, Dream Collaborators

Mark Newgarden and Megan Montague Cash on Bow-Wow, comics, picture books, and telling stories without words Continue reading


Crockett Johnson and the Invention of Barnaby

Adapted from the Afterword to Barnaby Volume One: 1942-1943 (Fantagraphics, 2013).
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Before Barnaby: Crockett Johnson Grows Up and Turns Left

The artist typically said very little about his life before Barnaby. But before Barnaby, there was Crockett Johnson. And before Crockett Johnson, there was David Johnson Leisk. Continue reading


The King of the Wild Things Is Dead. Long Live the King. Maurice Sendak (1928-2012)

In this obituary, Philip Nel, a children’s literature scholar, provides a historical overview of Maurice Sendak’s career and legacy. Continue reading