Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Bring back Louis Darling!
a new ALA poster lacks ethnic diversity. (If you squint you can see two kids of color in the background.) But the poster is based on Beverly Cleary's major characters (white people all, yes?) as seen in their latest editions, illustrated by Tracy Dockray. As black-and-white illustrations within the books, Dockray's drawings are serviceable but bland; on this poster they look generic and thus, I think, the complaints. Dockray's illustrations have not taken enough hold that people look at this poster and think, "ah, Ramona!" They just see (mostly) white people, so the slogan "Libraries are for everyone!" seems a little optimistic.