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Bob Staake

The trailblazing blog Drawn once suggested that “to say Bob Staake is just an illustrator is like saying ‘The Beatles’ were just a bunch of musicians; the title doesn’t do the artist justice.” Publishers Weekly commented that “Bob Staake’s modern, crisp illustrations . . . practically jump off the page.” One of the nation’s most successful illustrators, Bob Staake’s clients have included the New Yorker, Time, Fortune, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times,and countless others. Staake’s November 17, 2008, cover of the New Yorker, entitled “Reflection,” commemorated Barack Obama’s election as the nation’s first African American president and was named by TIME as #1 in their list of 10 Top Magazine Covers of 2008, dubbing the image “beautifully rendered” and “simply spectacular.” According to NewYorkerStore.com , it is the most popular New Yorker cover of all time. He has authored and/or illustrated more than fifty books, including The Donut Chef, Hello Robots, Look A Book, This Is Not a Pumpkin, Pets Go Pop, and others. The New York Times named Staake’s The Red Lemon one of the 10 Best Illustrated Books of 2006. Bob Staake lives and works in Chatham, Massachusetts, in a 200-year-old house on the elbow of Cape Cod.


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