The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

There are all sorts of different styles and methods of illustration — abstract, realistic, crayon, ink, subtle, cartoonish. But the illustration style in this book is a school unto itself. Perhaps it should be called the Literal School, where every single detail that is described in the text is drawn. Back in 1938, when Dinah Kirk was finished with the famous poem by Longfellow there was no word left unillustrated. We know nothing about her but her name. From looking at the drawings her age could be anywhere from 7 to 17. The work is obviously a labor of young love. Maybe it was originally for school credit, who knows. All we know that it is a wonderfully unselfconscious work of art that at the same time is unintentionally hilarious.

Paperback, 6 x 7.5 inches, 68 pages, color cover with b&w illustrations throughout.


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