Philip Dey “Phil” Eastman was an American screenwriter, children’s author, and illustrator. As an author, he is known primarily as P. D. Eastman. A protégé of Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Eastman wrote many books for children, in his own distinct style under the Dr. Seuss brand of Random House, many of which were in the Beginner Books series.

From 1936 to 1941, Eastman worked at the story department of Walt Disney Productions. From 1941 to 1943 he worked at the story department of Warner Bros. Cartoons. From 1945 to 1952 he worked in the story department of United Productions of America. He contributed to the “Private Snafu” World War II training films, wrote for the animation Mr. Magoo, and the Gerald McBoing-Boing series for UPA.

Author website:  http://www.pdeastmanbooks.com/

Author and illustrator

Eastman was a protégé and colleague of Theodor Geisel by the time that Geisel had begun using the pen name of Dr. Seuss. He wrote many books for children in his own distinct style under the Dr. Seuss brand of Random House, many of which were in the Beginner Books series. His titles include:

  • Are You My Mother ? (Beginner Book #18) (written and illustrated by)
  • Go, Dog. Go! (Beginner Book #20)
  • The Best Nest (Beginner Book #51) (written and illustrated by)
  • Flap Your Wings (Early Bird Book, later reissued as Random House Pictureback Book formerly and Beginner Book #88 currently)
  • The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book Dictionary  (Beginner Book special)
  • What Time Is It? (Bright and Early Board Books) – currently only available as an ebook
  • Sam and the Firefly (Beginner Book #6) (written and illustrated by)
  • Big Dog…Little Dog, 30th anniversary edition with additional story, words and illustrations by Peter Anthony Eastman (Beginner Book #92)
  • Red, Stop! Green, Go ! (Bright and Early Playtime Book)
  • Sam and Gus Light Up The Night (Bright and Early Playtime Book)
  • My Nest Is Best (Bright and Early Playtime Book)
  • The Alphabet Book (Random House Pictureback Book, later Bright and Early Book #41 with additional materials by Tony Eastman from the Bright and Early Board Book edition)
  • The Alphabet Book (Bright and Early Board Book) – Bright and Early Board Book edition with additional materials by Tony Eastman
  • Big Dog…Little Dog: A Bedtime Story (Random House Pictureback Book)
  • Big Dog…Little Dog (Bright and Early Board Book with additional materials by Peter Anthony Eastman)
  • Aaron is a Good Sport (Step into Reading level 1) adapted from Everything Happens to Aaron in the Spring (Take Along Books)
  • Aaron Has a Lazy Day (Step into Reading level 1) adapted from Everything Happens to Aaron in the Summer (Take Along Books)
  • Aaron Loves Apples and Pumpkins (Step into Reading level 1) adapted from Everything Happens to Aaron in the Autumn (Take Along Books)
  • Aaron is Cool (Step into Reading level 1) adapted from Everything Happens to Aaron in the Winter (Take Along Books)

He was the illustrator for:

  • A Fish Out of Water adapted by Helen Palmer Geisel (told in the little boy’s own words) (Beginner Book #23)
  • Robert the Rose Horse by Joan Heilbroner (Beginner Book #25)
  • I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words by Michael K. Frith (Bright and Early Book #17, later reissued as Beginner Book in the United Kingdom)
  • Go, Dog. Go!: P.D. Eastman’s Book of Things That Go  (Bright and Early Board Books, later reissued as Big Bright and Early Board Book)
  • I’ll Teach My Dog a Lot of Words by Michael K. Frith (Bright and Early Board Book)

He and Roy McKie both wrote but Eastman did not illustrate:

  • Snow illustrated by Roy McKie (Beginner Book #27)

His work is included in:

  • The Big Red Book of Beginner Books
  • (I Want to Be Somebody New!: A Sequel to Put Me in the Zoo, Sam and the Firefly, Stop That Ball!, Robert the Rose Horse, The Very Bad Bunny, and The Digging-est Dog (1995, reprinted in 2010)
  • The Big Blue Book of Beginner Books (Put Me in the Zoo, A Fly Went By, Are You My Mother?, Go, Dog. Go!, The Best Nest and It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny) (1994, reprinted in 2008)
  • The Big Purple Book of Beginner Books) (A Fish Out of Water, Snow, I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words, Flap Your Wings, Big Dog…Little Dog and Fred and Ted Go Camping (2012) (his last work after his death in early 1986)
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