"Jolly" Roger Bradfield (born 1924) is a children's book author, illustrator, cartoonist, painter, and world traveller.
Bradfield was born in 1924 in
White Bear, Minnesota.
Roger Bradfield won several art contests as a child and had early encouragement from his high school art teacher to pursue a career in the arts. His preferred medium is watercolor although he has also proven himself to be proficient in pencil, pen and ink, and acrylic.
Bradfield worked on the
General Millscereal boxes of the early 1960s. These included children's cereals, such as "Kix", "Trix", " Wheaties" and "Jets", among other work. He also worked on "Mr Bubble" and some projects for the Pillsbury Company. In 1964, he did the spot illustrations for the "Bisquick Cookbook" for the Bisquickbaking product.
"Jolly" Roger Bradfield is perhaps best known for his work as a children's book author and illustrator. He began his writing career when he was teaching himself how to type. Bored with the tutorials of his text book, Bradfield chose to practice his typing by writing something fun. Thus, his first book "There's an Elephant in My Bathtub" was created. Bradfield went on to write and illustrate several other titles including "Pickle-Chiffon Pie", "Benjamin Dilley's Thirsty Camel", "Giants Come in Different Sizes", "The Flying Hockey Stick", and "Benjamin Dilley's Lavender Lion". The "Jolly" Roger books are known mostly for their colorful illustrations and wildly imaginative stories.
Bradfield illustrated some of the earliest "
Sesame Street" storybooks, including "The Together Book", the first "Sesame Street" book in the popular Little Golden Booksline. He also illustrated "Bert's Hall of Great Inventions", "Big Bird's Birthday Party" and "Sherlock Hemlock and the Great Twiddlebug Mystery".
From 1972 to 1978 Bradfield worked as a cartoonist creating the daily comic strip "Dooley's World". The strip featured stories centering around a boy and his collection of living toys. These comics featured many unique visual gags and puns. The strip was distributed by King Features syndicate.
Bradfield creates vibrant and colorful paintings. These paintings mostly depict subjects that he finds on his world travels and playful and fun images that he conjures up with his imagination. His preferred medium is watercolor, but he will also dabble in acrylic, ink, and pencil.
Bradfield is an extensive world traveller and has visited and sketched in such places as
Greece, Norway, Portugal, France, Italy, Mexico, England, and Spain. On one trip to Mexico, Bradfield's plane had a minor accident resulting in some damage to the plane's wing tanks. So, he enlisted the help of some of the local children getting them to patch the damage up with large wads of bubble gum. The scheme did not work, as the gasoline melted the bubble gum, but the plane managed to reach its destination safely anyway.
Bradfield was raised by his mother and grandmother. Currently, he is a married man and he and his wife Joan have raised five children.
* [http://home.earthlink.net/~rogerbradfield/index.html Roger Bradfield's Home Page]
* [http://animationblock.typepad.com/editorial/2006/09/words_with_joll.html#more Interview with Bradfield]
* [http://www.boingboing.net/2006/07/17/cereal-box-design-ki.html Details of his work on cereal boxes]
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