Book Features Robert McCloskey’s Amazing Art and Illustrations

I have always loved Robert McCloskey’s children’s books, full of his wonderful art. He produced lots of paintings and other works of art, focused on the many places he lived including Maine, Mexico, Europe, and the Caribbean.

In this book, McCloskey – Art and Illustrations, his daughter Jane McCloskey pulls together the wide range of his work, along with discussions of his styles and attitudes about art.

While the discussions are interesting, the art is what captured me and kept me engrossed in the book for a long time. I read through it fairly quickly, and then took a much slower trip through the book, enjoying the paintings and illustrations.

If you are not familiar with Robert McCloskey’s art, you are in for a very special treat. And if you are familiar with the work of this great artist, you will thoroughly enjoy your trip through this book, published by Down East Books.

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website,, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.