Sunshine: A Story About the City of New York

Sunshine by Ludwig Bemelmans cover, illustration of New York City skyline in the rain

Sunshine: A Story About the City of New York

Written and illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans

New York, Simon & Schuster, 1950

12" x 9"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

The ironically named Mr. Sunshine is the Scrooge-like New York landlord who, in this rascally tale by the creator of Madeline, meets his match in a flamboyant music teacher-tenant. Ludwig Bemelmans, an Austrian-born illustrator and man about town, lived on Gramercy Park for years, as well as at the Carlyle hotel, where the café-bar he decorated with murals still bears his name. Here, the peripatetic artist, drawing in his rapid-fire, freewheeling style, gives us his manic impressions of a raft of the city's iconic landmarks, from the Flatiron Building and City Hall to the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty.


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Sunshine: A Story About the City of New York