• R.I.P. Byron Burton, 92, preschool writer/illustrator ("Where's Al?" 19

    From Lenona@21:1/5 to All on Sun Jun 11 18:50:12 2023
    (tiny notice from Bradenton, Florida)

    What I posted in 2020:

    Not to be confused with a 30ish novelist.

    There are many read-alouds of his books on YouTube.

    (book covers)

    (Kirkus reviews)

    (reader reviews)

    About one of his more acclaimed books, Where's Al?:
    "Describes the individual adventures of a boy and his pet dog from the
    time they are separated in the busy city until they find each other

    (Q&A from 2014)

    (another Q&A 2014 interview)

    From "Contemporary Authors":

    Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Barton's home was often his
    playground because of his father's job--he sold coal and wood during
    the winter and ice during the summer. "To a small boy, our home with
    its woodpiles, barns, and attics, made an ideal playground," Barton
    once stated. However, all this would be left behind the year Barton
    entered the fourth grade, when the family of seven moved to Los
    Angeles, California. It was in this new state that Barton's interest
    in drawing and art began, mostly because of the different teaching
    methods used in his new school. "In class, when subjects I had already
    learned came up, I was allowed to go to the back of the room to play
    with paints," Barton explained. "I remember making large paintings of
    Indians in their canoes, alongside their tepees, and hunting animals.
    My pictures were hanging all over the back walls of the class and
    cloakroom. I became known as 'the artist.'"


    * Elephant, Seabury Press (New York, NY), 1971.

    * Where's Al?, Seabury Press (New York, NY), 1972.

    * Applebet Story, Viking (New York, NY), 1973.

    * Buzz Buzz Buzz, Puffin (New York, NY), 1973.

    * Harry Is a Scaredy-Cat, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1974.

    * Jack and Fred, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1974.

    * Hester, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1975.

    * Wheels, Crowell (New York, NY), 1979.

    * Building a House, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1981, published as
    Building a House: Big Book and Building a House: Small Book, Hampton-
    Brown, 1992.

    * Airport, Crowell (New York, NY), 1982.

    * Airplanes, Crowell (New York, NY), 1986.

    * Boats, Crowell (New York, NY), 1986, published as Boats Board
    Book, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1996.

    * Trains, Crowell (New York, NY), 1986, published as Trains Board
    Book, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1996.

    * Trucks, Crowell (New York, NY), 1986, published as Trucks Board
    Book, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1996.

    * Machines at Work, Crowell (New York, NY), 1987, published as
    Machines at Work Board Book, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1997.

    * I Want to Be an Astronaut, Crowell (New York, NY), 1988,
    published as I Want to Be an Astronaut Board Book, HarperCollins,

    * Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs, Crowell (New York, NY), 1989, published as
    Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs Board Book, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1994.

    * Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones, Crowell (New York, NY), 1990.

    * (Reteller) The Three Bears, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1991,
    published as Three Bears Big Book, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1994.

    * (Reteller) The Little Red Hen, HarperCollins (New York, NY),
    1993, published as Little Red Hen Big Book, HarperCollins (New York,
    NY), 1994.

    * Planes, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1994, published as Planes
    Board Book, HarperCollins, 1998.

    * The Wee Little Woman, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1995.

    * Big Machines, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1995.

    * Dinosaurs, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1995.

    * Tools, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1995.

    * Zoo Animals, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 1995.

    * Trucks and Trains, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2000.

    * My Car, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 2001.


    * Constance C. Greene, A Girl Called Al, Viking (New York, NY),

    * Alan Venable, The Checker Players, Lippincott (Philadelphia,
    PA), 1973.

    * Seymour Simon, The Paper Airplane Book, Viking (New York, NY),

    * Franklyn Branley, How Little and How Much: A Book about Scales,
    Crowell (New York, NY), 1976.

    * Robert Froman, Angles Are Easy as Pie, HarperCollins (New York,
    NY), 1976.

    * Paula D. Schwartz, You Can Cook, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1976.

    * Rosamond Dauer, Bullfrog Builds a House, Greenwillow (New York,
    NY), 1977.

    * David A. Adler, Roman Numerals, Crowell (New York, NY), 1977.

    * Jack Prelutsky, Snopp on the Sidewalk, and Other Poems,
    Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1977.

    * Russell Hoban, Arthur's New Power, HarperCollins (New York, NY),

    * Jan Wahl, Drakestail, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1978.

    * Melvin and Gilda Berger, The New Food Book, HarperCollins (New
    York, NY), 1978.

    * Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport,
    Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1980.

    * Mirra Ginsburg, Good Morning, Chick, Greenwillow (New York, NY),

    * Rosamond Dauer, Bullfrog Gertrude Camp, HarperCollins (New York,
    NY), 1980.

    * Robert Kalan, Jump, Frog, Jump!, Greenwillow (New York, NY),

    * David A. Adler, My Dog and the Key Mystery, F. Watts (New York,
    NY), 1982.

    * Charlotte Pomerantz, Where's the Bear?, Greenwillow (New York,
    NY), 1984.

    * Diane Siebert, Truck Song, Crowell (New York, NY), 1984.

    * Constance C. Greene, Al's Blind Date, Puffin (New York, NY),

    * Constance C. Greene, Ask Anybody, Puffin (New York, NY), 1991.

    * Charlotte Pomerantz, The Tamarindo Puppy, Greenwillow (New York,
    NY), 1993.

    * Sarah Weeks, Little Factory, HarperCollins/Laura Geringer (New
    York, NY), 1998.

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