Picture Book Puzzler: We’re Off to See the Wizard!

January 31st, 2011 by Eliza Eliza

In 2000, a number of famous picture book illustrators paid tribute to a classic part of the children’s literature canon by creating a piece of artwork inspired by The Wizard of Oz. Images of this artwork and words from thirty authors and illustrators are compiled in a wonderful (and unfortunately out of print) collection, The Hundredth Anniversary Celebration, edited by Peter Glassman. Even while depicting familiar Dorothy and the gang, each artist retains his or her own style and trademark. Can you identify the artist behind each of these Wizard of Oz interpretations?

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Bonus: Eric Carle’s contribution would be just too easy to identify because it features a Very recognizable friend. Can you guess what Wizard of Oz character The Very Hungry Caterpiller is dressed up as?

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3 Responses to “Picture Book Puzzler: We’re Off to See the Wizard!”

  1. Neva says:

    1. Tomie dePaola
    2. Jerry Pinkney
    3. Chris Van Allsburg
    4. Kinuko Craft
    5. Mark Teague

    and I’ll guess the caterpillar is dressed as…Toto!?

  2. kittenpie says:

    1. de Paola
    2. Pinkney (Jerry)
    3. van Allsburg
    4. Craft
    5. Schart Hyman

    I’m guessing the caterpillar was the wizard? I went to this exhibit, too, and can’t remember! Argh!

  3. Eliza says:

    Great guesses! Kittenpie got them all right!
    1. Tomie dePaola
    2. Jerry Pinkney
    3. Chris Van Allsburg
    4. Kinuko Craft
    5. Trina Schart Hyman

    And the bonus? The Caterpillar was dressed up as the Tin Man!

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