Fair!

written and illustrated by Ted Lewin

Describes the sights, sounds, and smells of a county fair, from setting up the Ferris wheel to the craft, food, and animal judgings.

Sparkling, full-bleed watercolors and lively text capture the fun and excitement of a county fair.

Carnival trucks rumble into the empty fairground and soon the rides go up. The "4-H'ers'' arrive with their livestock and begin to brush and comb, wash and clip, powder and polish. By late afternoon the opening-day parade ends up in front of the jam-packed grandstand. As night falls, a fireworks display kicks off the festivities, and the midway bursts into life. It is all there from the bright lights of the midway to the hall where judges pin ribbons on quilts and crafts, vegetables, and delicious-looking jars of preserves.

The extraordinary watercolor paintings bring the people and the animals to life with intensity and remarkable detail; it resembles a photo-essay in its remarkable realism. My favorite spread shows the boys and girls in the show ring with their hogs; it looks just the way I remember it--from nearly 50 years ago!