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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Dillon, Leo

Leo Dillon Jazz on a Saturday Night
The People Could Fly Ashanti to Zulu

Born on March 2, 1993, Leo Dillon is known for his work with his wife, Diane, whose birthday is later in March. Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Dillon put his talent to work first in the Navy and later after training as an illustrator.

Much of the time he collaborated with his wife, Diane. Readers immediately recognize their distinctive style on books such as The Hundred Penny Box (1975), the Caldecott Award winning books Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears (1975) and Ashanti to Zulu (1976), and Leontyne Price’s retelling of Aida (1990). Their distinctive style as the Dillons, attention to research and detail, and decorations within their books make each of them a work of art.

He passed away May 26, 2012.

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