“Fun with Phonics Grade 3” would have been the 5th book that I had done for Instructional Fair, in this, my first year of working with them. This was a whopper of a project with over 290 illustrations. I can really see the style evolving in this first year, especially with these two Phonics books, and the sheer volume of cartoons and the challenges of fitting them into oddball available space (at times they sort of reminded me of those ‘margin cartoons’ that Sergio Aragones did for Mad magazine, especially the long horizontals). In the past, I’ve only shared a handful of samples from these books, but I am going back and sharing each book in their entirety (writing this in 2018).
The first of two ‘Fun With Phonics’ books that I would do for Instructional Fair in 1998 (and one of five books for them in the calendar year). I’m going back and sharing each book in their entirety (writing this in 2018). This one, and the other ‘Fun with Phonics’ book that I would later in the year, were the biggest projects I would ever do for this publisher, with somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 illustrations each.