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General Information

Name:  Scott Gustafson  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Children; Children;

Born: in Marengo, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Gustafson was born in Marengo, Illinois and currently resides in Chicago. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and Columbia College in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gustafson is an artist and illustrator. His paintings are rich in imagination and he is a master at creating and interpreting fairy tales in such a way that appeals to all ages. This led many book publishers to trust him to illustrate classic children's books like ''The Nutcracker'', ''Peter Pan'' and ''The Night Before Christmas''. His original titles include ''Alphabet Soup'', ''Animal Orchestra'', ''Classic Fairy Tales'', ''Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose'', ''Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe'' and ''Classic Bedtime Stories.''

Published Works

  • The Night Before Christmas, Knopf, 1985 - written by Clement C. Moore
  • Peter Pan, The Complete and Unabridged Text, Viking Children`s Books, 1991 - written by JM Barrie
  • Nutcracker, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1991 - written by ETA Hoffman and Fiona Black
  • Animal Orchestra, The Greenwich Workshop Press, 1995
  • Alphabet Soup, A Feast of Letters, Greenwich Workshop, 1996
  • Classic Fairy Tales, The Greenwich Worksphop Press, 2003
  • Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose, The Greenwich Workshop Press, 2007
  • Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe, Simon & Schuster, 2011
  • Mother Goose Volume 1 Voice Record Book, TNT Media Group, 2011
  • Mother Goose Volume 2 Voice Record Book, TNT Media Group, 2011
  • Mother Goose Volume 3 Voice Record Book, TNT Media Group, 2011
  • Classic Bedtime Stories, The Greenwich Workshop Press, 2014
  • Classic Storybook Fables, Artisan, 2017

Selected Titles At Your Library

The night before Christmas /
ISBN: 0394548094. OCLC Number:

Knopf :. New York :. 1985.

A well-known poem about an important Christmas visitor.

Peter Pan :
ISBN: 0670841803. OCLC Number:

Viking, Ariel,. New York, N.Y. :. ©1991.

The adventures of the three Darling children in Never-Never Land with Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up. The quintessential rebel, dead-set against growing up, returns in luminous, almost ethereally beautiful paintings that stop short of heavy-duty formality in their expressiveness and liveliness. No caricatures or stereotypes here; these are characters, full of life, and ready to soar through the pages of Barrie's classic journey to Neverland. Best Books for Children, 6th ed. A handsome edition of this classic, with more than 50 oil paintings. Available again, this popular edition of Peter Pan includes the complete and unabridged text accompanied by fifty full-color paintings by Scott Gustafson.

Nutcracker /
ISBN: 0836249348. OCLC Number:

Andrews and McMeel,. Kansas City :. ©1991.

After hearing how her toy nutcracker got his ugly face, a little girl helps break the spell and watches him change into a handsome prince.

Scott Gustafson's animal orchestra :
ISBN: 086713030X. OCLC Number:

Greenwich Workshop,. Shelton, Conn. :. ©1995.

Depicts the members of an animal orchestra, from one toucan conductor to ten bestial flautists.

Alphabet soup :
ISBN: 0867130253. OCLC Number:

Contemporary Books,. Chicago :. ©1990.

A host of animals from A to Z come to Otter's housewarming party, bringing a wide variety of foods for his alphabetical soup.

Classic fairy tales /
ISBN: 086713089X. OCLC Number:

Greenwich Workshop Press,. Shelton, Conn. :. ©2003.

An illustrated collection of ten traditional fairy tales, including "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," "Puss in Boots," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Snow White," "Tom Thumb," "Hansel and Gretel," "The Frog Prince," "Rumpelstilkins," "Cinderella," and "Three Pigs."

Favorite nursery rhymes from Mother Goose /
ISBN: 0867130970. OCLC Number:

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Illustrates forty-five traditional nursery rhymes, including "Little Bo Peep," "Jack Sprat," "Pat-a-Cake," and "The Man in the Moon."

Eddie :
ISBN: 1416997644. OCLC Number:

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Edgar Poe, aided by the imp McCobber, has twenty-four hours to prove himself innocent of an act of mischief committed at the home of the judge who lives beside John Allan, foster father of the orphaned author-to-be.

Classic bedtime stories /
ISBN: 0867131586. OCLC Number:

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A lavishly illustrated, oversized collection of favorite tales such as "Sleeping Beauty," "Jack and the Beanstalk," and "Sambha and the Tigers," "The Lion and the Mouse" and "The Country Mouse and the City Mouse" coupled with Gustafson's exquisite paintings and a lively retelling of these and many more classics.

Classic storybook fables /
ISBN: 1579657044. OCLC Number:

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An illustrated retelling of eight classic fairy tales, emphasizing the lesson to be learned from each.


Classic Fairy Tales

  • 2003 Cheslsey award for best interior book illustrations from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists
  • Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose

  • 2007 Independent Publisher Book Award for Best Children's Picture Book
  • 2013 ILLINOIS READS Book
  • Classic Bedtime Stories

  • 2015 ILLINOIS READS Book

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