The Lazy Lion 1
The Lazy Lion; story by Helen Wing, pictures by Jan. B. Balet. Published by Rand McNally. First printing 1953.
You can thank Leif Peng and his wonderful Today's Inspiration for reminding me that I had this book. This past week he's been focusing on Jan Balet. This book was almost overlooked by me in some forgotten antique market bookshelf, mainly because of a bland cover (no dustjacket), but imagine my surprise when I opened it and found some fantastic work by Mr. Balet! I was already aware of his work from his advertisements in various mid-century magazines -- this was my first encounter of any of his children's book work. Love his whimsical style and fun characters. Love it, I say!
The book has some staining throughout the pages, but I decided not to try and photoshop them out. Would've taken too long, plus, it kinda looks neat. None of the artwork is affected. At least, not too much.