Centenary of Richard Scarry's birth marked in China

By Zhang Junmian
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Richard Scarry, one of the best-selling authors and illustrator of children's books in the world [Photo courtesy of Dandelion Children's Book. House]

Famous Chinese illustrator Jiuer said Scarry was good at using foreshadowing to create interest, surprise or suspense to engage children in reading. "His books are the perfect combination of knowledge and entertainment." What matters most in children's books is that children like them, Jiuer believed. 

Yu Guang, a diehard fan of Richard Scarry's books, said the author's stories originate from life, but go beyond life and reality, with incredible imagination and dramatic plots and storylines that create a new sense of fun and surprise each time he reads them. 

Scarry had created the most chaotic city landscape that would have driven Sir Isaac Newton crazy.

Richard Scarry, born on June 5, 1919, in Boston, published more than 300 books with total sales of over 300 million worldwide, most of them depicting animals that take on human characteristics. His most popular works include "I Am a Bunny" (1963, written by Ole Risom, illustrated by Richard Scarry), "Best Word Book Ever" (first published in 1963), "What Do People Do All Day?" (1968), "Funniest Storybook Ever" (1972), "Cars and Trucks and Things That Go" (1974), "Lowly Worm Story Book (1977)", and "Huckle Cat's Busiest Day Ever" (1992).

The author, who passed away on April 30, 1994, in Gstaad, Switzerland, is best known for his series on Busytown, a fictional fantastic place inhabited by Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm and a cast of anthropomorphic animals. These cute characters' endless, wonderful adventures have enchanted both children and parents around the world.

He was posthumously honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators in 2012.

An exhibition on the first editions of Richard Scarry's works, his family photos and memorabilia, letters and documents in his creation, opened on May 11 at Beijing's Yuecheng Center Space 3. It will run until June 1. The exhibition, as a special session of the 2019 Bologna Illustrations Exhibition China Stops, will also go on tour to several other Chinese cities, including Shanghai and Shenzhen. 

A series of activities will be held in China, the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy this year in honor of Richard Scarry's birth centenary. 

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