Pickle-Chiffon Pie is a story without a villain. No fighting, no bloodshed, but still exciting and fast-moving. It is a tale that stretches the imagination: the reader must accept a juggling lion (six cans of root beer at once!) and a sixteen-footed Gazoo. Not a hard assignment for a child, but perhaps a bit more difficult for a worldly grown-up.
Take heart, you staid elders. The story has elements running throughout that should appeal to adults as well as children (how ’bout mice that paint in the fashion of Picasso, Matisse, Grant Wood and even Toulouse Lautrec?) because the author knew that if a story IS A REALLY GOOD ONE, parents everywhere would be commanded by their children to read it aloud again and again. And maybe even once more…
Roger Bradfield studied at the Minneapolis School of Art, the Academie Julian in Paris, and the Heatherly School of Art in London. He has headed his own commercial art studio, written and illustrated award-winning children’s books and created art for both movies and television.
Bradfield was born in White Bear, Minnesota, in 1924. He launched his career with the advertising agency Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborn in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He then spent several years working in England and France, where he did humorous illustrations for Punch and Good Housekeeping magazines. He returned to the U.S. and opened his own commercial art studio in 1953. Among the many awards garnered at this stage of his career was the prestigious National Fashion Academy Gold Medal for his work in package design.
A successful creator of children’s books, he has won awards for his writing and illustration in this field and has had his books chosen as Junior Literary Guild selections. Bradfield is perhaps best-known for writing and illustrating the comic strip Dooley’s World, which was syndicated world-wide by King Features.<br><br>
When asked of what he was most proud Bradfield answered easily, “My kids. There are five of them and they are all happy, successful and well-adjusted. More importantly, they love one another…and each has found a wonderful mate.” When asked what he valued the most in life, he replied, “Same answer — my kids…along with my wife, Joan. I have absolutely no doubt that she is the sweetest, most agreeable person in the world.”
He passed away in January 2022 at the age of 97.