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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Simms Taback, American author, graphic artist and illustrator, died he was 79.

Simms Taback was an American writer, graphic artist, and illustrator of more than 35 books  died he was 79.. He won the 2000 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, and was a runner-up in 1998 for There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.[1]


(February 13, 1932 – December 25, 2011) 


Taback graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and served in the United States Army. He was a designer for CBS Records and The New York Times. He was the founder and president of the Illustrators Guild (later the New York Graphic Artists Guild) and taught art at the School of Visual Arts and Syracuse University.
Taback designed the first McDonalds Happy Meal box in 1977. He died in 2011 of pancreatic cancer.[2][3]

Selected works

  • Jabberwocky and other nonsense (Harlin Quist, 1964), three poems by Lewis Carroll, 1871 to 1889[4]
  • Too Much Noise (1967), by Ann McGovern
  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (Random House, 1977), movable book based on a Yiddish folk song[5]
  • Jason's Bus Ride (1987), by Harriet Ziefert
  • Road Builders (1994), by B. G. Hennessy
  • Sam's Wild West Show (1995), by Nancy Antle
  • Two Little Witches : a Halloween counting story (1996), by Harriet Ziefert
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (1998), illustrating the American folk poem[6]
  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (Viking, 1999)[7] —the Caldecott Medal-winning edition
  • This is the House that Jack Built (2002), based on the nursery rhyme
  • Kibitzers and Fools: tales my zayda (grandfather) told me (2005), traditional Jewish tales[6]
  • I Miss You Every Day (2007)


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