The Young Polytechnician: Housing (1931)
Out with bourgeois crocodiles!
How the Soviets rewrote children’s books
May 4, 2016
In 1925, Galina and Olga Chichagova illustrated a two-panel poster that called for a revolution in children’s illustration in the new Soviet Union. The left panel featured traditional characters from Russian fairytales and folklore — kings, queens, the Firebird, the witch Baba Yaga and, my favorite, a crocodile in elegant nightcap and dressing gown. “Out,” read the caption, “with mysticism and fantasy of children’s books!!” Continue reading