Ed Emberley is a Caldecott award-winning children's book illustrator and writer who has been creating original books since the 1960s. He has written and illustrated more than 100 books, including his beloved how-to-draw books for kids. These simple and straightforward books, originally published in the 1970s and 1980s, have encouraged a generation of kids to take the drawing process step-by-step. Contemporary working artists today often cite Ed Emberley as a beloved early inspiration in their development as artists. By encouraging kids to draw using just a few simple shapes, Emberley has made drawing and creating accessible to everyone.
Barbara Emberley's text is appropriately folksy and engaging, while Ed Emberley's iconic woodcuts--using pine that was hand-split by the illustrator himself--in browns and blues stand up to The Horn Book Magazine's original assessment: "A striking graphic arts achievement" (rev. 22/64). --Horn Book Magazine