Richard McClure Scarry was a popular American children’s author and illustrator who published over 300 books with total sales of over 100 million units worldwide.
Scarry was born in Boston, Massachusetts, where his parents ran a shop. The Scarry family enjoyed a comfortable life even during the time of the Great Depression. Following high school graduation, Scarry enrolled in a business college but soon dropped out, finding it not to his liking. He then studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he remained until being drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II.
Scarry’s books had to be revised. The Best Word Book Ever is one of those books. Here is the original compared to the revised.
In the “When You Grow Up” section, a milkman becomes a female taxi driver. A Cowboy was replaced by a female gardener and a female scientist; a commuter-train conductor was replaced by a reporter and a female photographer; a soldier was replaced by a female judge and a small female cat.