James Stevenson (illustrator)
James Stevenson (July 11, 1929 – February 17, 2017) was an American illustrator and author of over 100 children's books. His cartoons appeared regularly in The New Yorker magazine.[2] He usually used a unique comic book style of illustration that is very recognizable. His books, like What's Under My Bed, have been featured on the Reading Rainbow television series.
James Stevenson
BornJuly 11, 1929
New York City, New York, U.S.
DiedFebruary 17, 2017 (aged 87)
Cos Cob, Connecticut, U.S.
EducationYale University
Hackley School
OccupationCartoonist, illustrator, writer
EmployerThe New Yorker (1956–2017)
Spouse(s)Josephine Merck (1993–2017)
Jane Walker
ChildrenCharles, Sucie, James, Walker, Harvey, Peter, Jane, Edwina, Emily[1]
Parent(s)Harvey Stevenson
Winifred (Worcester) Stevenson
James Stevenson was born in New York City and educated at Yale University, where he was the feature editor of campus humor magazine The Yale Record.[3]
He contributed his first cartoon to The New Yorker on March 10, 1956.[4]
James Stevenson wrote and illustrated his first book Walker, the Witch, and the Striped Flying Saucer in 1969. He had previously illustrated the children's book If I Owned a Candy Factory (1968) written by his then eight-year-old son, James Walker Stevenson.
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Children's books
Grandpa, Mary Ann and Louie series
A series of tales told by a grandfather character to his grandchildren. Usually containing outrageous and unbelievable tales:
  1. Could Be Worse! (1977)
  2. That Terrible Halloween Night (1980)
  3. We Can't Sleep (1982)
  4. The Great Big Especially Beautiful Easter Egg (1983)
  5. Grandpa's Great City Tour: An Alphabet Book (1982)
  6. What's Under My Bed? (1983)
  7. Worse Than Willy (1984)
  8. That Dreadful Day (1985)
  9. There's Nothing to Do (1986)
  10. No Friends (1986)
  11. Will You Please Feed Our Cat? (1987)
  12. We Hate Rain! (1988)
  13. Grandpa's Too-Good Garden (1989)
  14. Brrr (1991)
  15. That's Exactly the Way It Wasn't (1991)
Emma series
Featuring Emma, a good witch, and her nemeses Dolores and Lavinia:
  1. Yuck! (1984)
  2. Emma (1985)
  3. Fried Feathers for Thanksgiving
  4. Happy Valentine's Day, Emma! (1987)
  5. Un-Happy New Year, Emma!
  6. Emma at the Beach (1990)
The Worst series
Featuring a crotchety old man:
Mr. Frimdimpny series
These books feature the alligator Mr. Frimdimpny who has rules about no laughing:
Mud Flat Friends series
Autobiographical and reminiscent picture book series
A series of books illustrated in a softer watercolor style:
Young Adult novels
Collections of James Stevenson's poetry, illustrated by himself.
Cartoons collections
Illustrations for other authors
Illustrations for Judy Blume
The following books by Judy Blume feature cover artwork and inner illustrations by James Stevenson:
Illustrations for Janet Schulman
James Stevenson illustrated three of Janet Schulman's Jack the Bum series:
Illustrations for Helen V. Griffith
James Stevenson illustrated a few of Helen V. Griffith's books:
Georgia Music (1986)
Helen V. Griffith's Grandaddy trilogy
All illustrated by James Stevenson:
  1. Grandaddy's Place (1987)
  2. Grandaddy and Janetta (1993)
  3. Grandaddy's Stars (1995)
Grandaddy and Janetta Together: The Three Stories in One Book (2001) (anthology that collects the three previous Grandaddy books)
Illustrations for Jack Prelutsky
The following books of children's poetry by Jack Prelutsky are illustrated by James Stevenson:
  1. ^ "James Stevenson, Longtime New Yorker Cartoonist, Dies at 87". New York Times. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  2. ^ "James Stevenson: biography". HarperCollins Publishers. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  3. ^ The Yale Record ("Smut!" Issue). New Haven: Yale Record. February, 1951. p. 3.
  4. ^ Stevenson, James (March 10, 1956). Cartoon. The New Yorker. New York: Conde Nast.
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