Friday 15 April 2022

Roger Duvoisin - part 6

Roger Duvoisin (1904–1980) was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and in 1927, moved to New York for a job in textile design. When the company folded, he decided to publish a book he’d written and illustrated for his son. A Little Boy Drawing (Charles Scribner’s Sons) was released in 1932, and he followed it with Donkey, Donkey, which firmly established his career in children’s books—and is still in print, now from NYR Children’s Collection.

Roger’s signature style was colourful, bold, and graphic, and he had a strong sense of composition and design. He incorporated both humour and drama into the lines of his art and delivered compassion without being sentimental. Over the years, he wrote and illustrated over forty books, including series that featured Petunia the silly goose and Veronica the conspicuous hippo, folktales such as the Three Sneezes and The Crocodile in the Tree, and concept books such as A for the Ark.

Roger also created pictures for over 140 books by other authors. Among them were the popular Happy Lion books written by his wife, Louise Fatio, and nineteen books by Alvin R. Tresselt, including White Snow, Bright Snow, which was awarded a Caldecott Medaland Hide and Seek Fog, which was named a Caldecott Honour Book. Four of his titles were New York Times Best Illustrated Books, and in 1976, he received the Kerlan Award for Children’s Literature. His work is on display in the Duvoisin Gallery at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, in New Brunswick, NJ.

For earlier works see parts 1 - 5 also. This is part 6 of an 11 part series on the works of Roger Duvoisin:

1955 The New Yorker
November 5

1955 Two Lonely Ducks, A Counting Book by Roger Duvoisin
published by Alfred A. Knopf

1957 The New Yorker
October 12

1957 Wait Till Sunday by Susan Dorritt
published by Abelard-Schuman

1956 The House of Four Seasons by Roger Duvoisin:

1956 Tigers Don't Bite by Jack Tworkov, published by E.P. Dutton:

Detail of the above

1957 A Doll For Marie by Louise Fatio, published by Whittlesey House/McGraw-Hill:

Dust Jacket


1957 The Happy Lion Roars by Louise Fatio, published by McGraw Hill:

1957 Wake Up, City! by Alvin Tresselt, published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard:

Dust Jacket

Hard Cover

Title Pages

Title Page Detail

Hard Cover

1958 Petunia, Beware! by Roger Duvoisin:

Front Cover

"Petunia never ate what she had in her own dish."

"Foolish Petunia flicked her wing feathers and walked out into the wild, greener world."