Henrik Drescher is a Danish born artist who was well known for his surreal editorial artwork in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Time and Rolling Stone. He has also written and illustrated several books that were targeted towards children.
Born in 1955, Henrik Drescher and his family had emigrated to the United States in 1967, where he attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. However, he ended up quitting the school after only one semester in order to become an illustrator. Henrik Drescher has also travelled around the world including North America and Europe and he kept journals of various notes and drawings that would inspire some of his work later on.
His website can be found here.
Books written and illustrated by Henrik Drescher
- The Strange Appearanceof Howard Cranebill (1982) First Childrens book
- Simon's Book (1983) Featured on Reading Rainbow
- Looking For Santa Claus (1984)
- Look-Alikes (1985)
- The Yellow Umbrella (1987)
- Whose Furry Nose?: Australian Animals You'd Like to Meet (1987)
- Whose Scaly Tail?: African Animals You'd Like to Meet (1987)
- Pat the Beastie (1993)
- The Boy Who Ate Around (1994)
- Tales From The Crib (1994)
- Klutz (1996)
- Turbulence: A Log Book (2001)
- Postal Séance: A Scientific Investigation into the Possibility of a Postlife Postal Existence (2004)
- Hubert the Pudge: A Vegetarian Tale (2006)
- McFig and McFly: A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge and Death (2008)
- Love the Beastie (2011) sequel to Pat the Beastie
Books solely illustrated by Henrik Drescher
- The Little Black Book of Atomic War (1984) written by Marc Ian Barasch
- Poems of A. Nonny Mouse (1989) written by Jack Prelutsky
- Brer Rabbit and the Wonderful Tar Baby (1990) written by Eric Metaxas
- The Fool and the Flying Ship (1991) written by Eric Metaxas
- No Plain Pets! (1991) written by Marc Ian Barasch
- Runaway Opposites (1995) written by Richard Wilbur
- Colors (2000)
- An Interview with Harry the Tarantula (2003)
- The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters (2005) written by Judy Sierra
Tropes associated with Henrik Drescher and his works:
- Animal Motifs: Many of Henrik Drescher's works contain characters who are half bird and half human hybrids.
- Art Shift: Shows up in books like Klutz and Runaway Opposites where the images would contain both hand drawn characters along with characters that are cut out of newspaper clippings.
- Author Appeal: Most of Henrik Dreschers works have characters that are half-bird, half-human hybrids. Also, most of the characters have noodle like appearances and pointy teeth.
- Black Comedy: Shows up in Pat the Beastie (the whole book encourages children to pick the Beasties nose and to jiggle his eyes while tormenting the titular Beastie) and Tales From The Crib shows a darker side of parenting while illustrating them in a humorous way.
- Christmas Episode: Looking For Santa Claus is one of the few Henrik Drescher books that deals with Christmas.
- Cloud Cuckoo Land: Many of Henrik Drescher's books tend to take place in bizarre settings or have the characters do outrageous activities such as Klutz and Pat the Beastie.
- Darker and Edgier:
- Turbulence: A Log Book is probably Henrik Drescher's darkest work due to it dealing with sexual innuendos and having very disturbing imagery.
- Tales From The Crib which shows some explicit nudity and the darker side of parenting is also this to a lesser degree, especially since Henrik Drescher has occasionally written childrens books.
- Fantastic Comedy: Happens very often in his work as Henrik Drescher would have characters get involved in hilarious and surreal situations including Klutz and Love the Beastie.
- Grotesque Gallery: All of Henrik Drescher's works contain bizarre looking characters.
- Lighter and Softer:
- Compared to most of Henrik Drescher's works, his work on Looking for Santa Claus is considered to be the most heartwarming and less chaotic of all of his stories.
- Love the Beastie is much lighter in tone than its predecessor Pat the Beastie as it involves Paul and Judy getting along with their pet Beastie rather than torture it.
- Surreal Humor: Sometimes combines with Surreal Horror.
- Toilet Humor: Featured in both The Boy Who Ate Around and Love the Beastie which both involved fart jokes.