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From Kids' Books To Erotica, Tomi Ungerer's 'Far Out' Life.

The famed author and illustrator broke the rules of American children's literature in the '50s and '60s, but many Americans have never heard of him. The documentary Far Out Isn't Far Enough — now out on DVD — looks at his life and work. (Originally broadcast July 1, 2013.)


'Toon' Anthology Offers A Treasury Of Classic Comics

Before there was Superman, other comics roamed the funny pages. The TOON Treasury of Classic Children's Comics is an anthology of these forgotten gems, lovingly selected by famed comic artist Art Spiegelman and his wife, Francoise Mouly.


Wimpy Kid': A Hilarious Take On Middle School Life

If a comic book about surviving middle school doesn't sound like a must read to you, think again. Critic Maureen Corrigan says that Jeff Kinney's Dog Days — the latest in his Diary of a Wimpy Kid series — hits home with any crowd.


Children's book author Eoin Colfer

He's the creator of the Artemis Fowl series, featuring a 12-year-old millionaire criminal mastermind. Two of the three books in the series have been on The New York Times best seller list. The books are a combination of science fiction, fantasy, fairy tale and thriller. They are Artemis Fowl, Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident and Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code.


Writer Daniel Handler

Writer Daniel Handler is the author (under the name Lemony Snicket) of the children's books A Series of Unfortunate Events featuring the orphans Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire. In each of the nine books so far, the orphans face increasing misfortune, from being pursued by an evil Count out to get their inheritance, to undergoing unnecessary surgery. Handler's books are filled with literary references and in-jokes that only adults would get.


Writer Michael Patrick Hearn Discusses "The Wizard of Oz."

Writer Michael Patrick Hearn. He’s edited “The Annotated Wizard of Oz: A Centennial Edition” (W.W. Norton). The book commemorates the 100th anniversary of the publication of L. Frank Baum’s classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Back in 1900, the first 10,000 copies printed of Baum’s book sold out in two weeks. Baum wrote 14 Oz books in all.


Gary Larson Discusses His "Adult Children's Book."

"The Far Side®️" cartoonist Gary Larson has written and illustrated the new book "There's A Hair In My Dirt! A Worm's Story" (HarperCollins). It's the story of a family of earthworms and a fair maiden in the forest. “The Far Side” was in daily syndication from 1980 to 1995 and appeared in more than 1,900 newspapers worldwide. Larson has published more than 20 books featuring his cartoons. His first animated film, “Gary Larson’s Tales From The Far Side,” aired in the U.S. as a 1994 Halloween special.

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