This website is a historical exploration of the 1967 Caldecott award-winning picture book Sam, Bangs & Moonshine, written and illustrated by Evaline Ness.

Full-spread illustration of Sam on her dragon-pulled chariot

Sam on her dragon-pulled chariot

The website is broken down into the following sections:

Evaline Ness Biography
a biographical sketch of the creator of the book

Bibliographic Details
a production history of the first trade edition, including details about illustrative media, sample illustrations, and physical description

Publication History
a listing of editions and translations, sales information, and an overview of advertisements

Reception of the Text
a summary of critical reception and reaction from 1966 to the present, with a list of published reviews

Evaluative Essay
a brief overview of Sam, Bangs & Moonshine‘s continued relevance to the world of the picture book

a complete listing of all sources consulted during this project

All images on the site come from the first edition of Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness unless otherwise stated.

Thaddeus Andracki
December 2013
Graduate School of Library and Information Science, UIUC
LIS 514A: History of Children’s Literature

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