Thursday, August 8, 2013

Book-Centric Google Doodles Are the Best

Who doesn't love a good Google Doodle? The typically playful alteration of the company logo on Google's homepage is always a welcome attention-grabber. 
An already good Google Doodle is even better when it's book-related. Whether it's recognizing the birthday of a celebrated writer or commemorating the anniversary of a classic work of literature, a Google Doodle that is literary in nature never ceases to delight, especially when it's both clever and whimsical. For instance, check out the above doodle celebrating Dr. Suess' 105th birthday.

Another favorite is the one that served as a tribute to Richard Scarry on what would've been his 92nd birthday. As a child, I had many of his books, including the ABC Word Book, Best Mother Goose Ever, Best Word Book Ever, Please and Thank You Book, and Mr. Paint Pig's ABC's. I used to spend hours staring at the densely illustrated, intensely colorful pages filled with anthropomorphic animals dressed in quaint outfits and doing silly things. The Google Doodle marking his birthday perfectly captured the essence of his children's books.

There's also the Google Doodle that honored Maurice Sendak on the occasion of his 85th birthday. It features a frolicking Max, the young boy at the center of his 1963 children's book, Where the Wild Things Are. As if seeing Max in his wolf costume wasn't enough to bring a smile to your face, the doodle was also animated. You can CLICK HERE to enjoy it. (On a related note, if you're in New York City between now and August 17, be sure to check out the exhibit "Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work" at the Society of Illustrators.) 

In its article "Best of Literary Google Doodles," BookRiot spotlights the above doodles and several more, including ones lauding Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Beatrix Potter, Will Eisner, and Franz Kafka. To see them all, go to THIS LINK.

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