Scarry’s books are famous for incorporating human traits and personalities into dozens of different animal species. His most famous titles have included Busy, Busy World; Busy, Busy Town; Best Word Book Ever; Best Bedtime Book Ever; Cars and Trucks and Things That Go; Please and Thank You Book; and What Do People Do All Day? Many of his most popular books have been adapted into animated films and compilations. Two of his titles, The Best Mistake Ever! and Other Stories and Pie Rats Ahoy!, were included in the Beginner Books series, while The Early Bird was part of the Bright and Early Books series.
It was during his stint as a textbook illustrator that Richard Scarry met his wife, Patricia Murphy, a children’s textbook writer. Later, Patricia would collaborate with Richard in the writing of many of his popular books, including Little Bear, The Bunny Book, Good Night, and The Fishing Cat. Scarry’s son, Richard Scarry Jr. (often known as Huck Scarry), followed in his father’s footsteps and became an accomplished children’s illustrator.
Much of Scarry’s work was completed in the Switzerland chalet he purchased in 1972 to use as a studio. It was there that he died of a heart attack in 1994 at the age of 74.