This book of American Folk tales is one of my favorites. The wood engravings by Michael McCurdy are very fitting for folk tales and also show what an excellent draughtsman he is. Folk tales are a part of literary history and Mr. McCurdy has enhanced these tales with his wonderful illustrations.
Michael McCurdy is an illustrator, author and wood engraver. American Tall Tales published by Alfred A Knopf in 1991, was chosen as one of School Library Journal's "Best Books". An Archive of his work covering 48 years as an author and illustrator will be housed soon in the Boston Public Library. Michael McCurdy has close to 600 Wood Engravings in addition to his scratchboard drawings.