…he quickly learned through working with Carus and Hyman a truth about Cricket’s philosophy: good storytelling wasn’t just about the printed word. The stories should be linked to the best illustrations possible.
My mom got me a subscription to Cricket when I was in grade school. I’m not sure I fully understood all the stories, but I would pore over the pages looking at the pictures (and, I now realize, the great typography) all the time. There was one cover from a winter issue of a gnome-like Santa Claus (iirc) that was like something straight out of Tolkien. That cover hung on my wall well into my teens.