So, Marlo Thomas’ 1970’s philanthropic children’s bookbuster, Free to Be You and Me is celebrating its 35th anniversary.
Yours truly (along with many other contemporary illustrators) was asked to re-imagine and visually update some of the classic poems. Mine was the poem “Don’t Dress Your Cat in an Apron” by Dan Greenburg, penned in 1972. Its closing stanza of:
A person should wear what he wants to
And not just what other folks say.
…hit home with me as I love fashion and wearing funky, well-crafted clothing. Seriously, its one of the perks of being a professional artist: you can get a cool uniform if you want.
Its theme and its seventies-ish-ness origins, sparked the thought of my fav high-heeled, bespectacled rocker, Elton John. So off I went creating my image dubbed “Baker Kitty Elton”. I hope you like him.
Free to Be You and Me, version 2.0, is available in fine bookstores everywhere. Give it looky and wear whatever you like while doing so.