Illustrators Born in the Month of September: Syd Hoff• September 4th

What a wonderful cartoonist and creator of beloved children's books!

"Danny the Dinosaur," vintage children's book by Syd Hoff

Syd Hoff (1912-2004) was both author and illustrator of more than 60 children's books, including the well-loved Danny and the Dinosaur, a 1958 classic. A cartoonist contributor to the “New Yorker” for more than six decades, Hoff was a masterfully elegant artist who was able to capture humor in just a few quick strokes of the brush or pen.

"Chester," vintage children's book by Syd Hoff

A Manner's Book for Children by Syd Hoff

Hoff even had his own television series in the 1950s, "Tales of Hoff," a title that may have been an erudite nod to German Romantic writer E.T.A. Hoffmann.

Besides his work for the “New Yorker” he produced another comic strip, entitled “Laugh It Off,” which ran in American newspapers from 1958 to 1978, as well as a number of books for the delight of adults as well as children.

A Book of Cartoons by Syd Hoff

"I Can't Dance," vintage cartoon book by Syd Hoff

Hoff also provided reams of advice to a younger generation of illustrators and New Yorker aspirants, sometimes in the form of such books as "The Young Cartoonist: The ABCs Of Cartooning," published in 1983; he also visited schools regularly.

A very instructive vintage book on cartooning by Syd Hoff

Hoff died on May 12, 2004, in Miami Beach at the age of 91.