In my series on wordless books, it is only fitting that I devote an article to Mercer Mayer. His publication of the 1967 A Boy, a Frog, and a Dog made Mayer the father of the wordless picture book genre.
Mercer Mayer was born in 1943 in Arkansas. While attending college, he decided to become a children's book illustrator.
His first published book was a wordless book titled A Boy, A Frog, and a Dog. In 1978 Mayer started publishing the Little Critter books, a series of inexpensive Golden Books.
In total, Mercer Mayer has published over 300 books.
Although Mercer Mayer is best known for his Little Critter series, I think that Mayer's wordless picture books are far superior. I want to introduce you to them here.