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Wende and Harry Devlin

Wende and Harry Devlin graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in fine arts and both evolved into accomplished painters. They later moved to New Jersey, where they became lifelong residents, to raise their family.

The Devlins first collaborated in the 1950s on a syndicated comic strip, Raggmopp, based on the antics of their seven children. After this, for more than thirty years from 1963 to 1995, Harry and Wende delighted young children with their Cranberry and Old Witch series. Some of these stories contained more than just happy endings, featuring recipes pleasing to children and adults alike. In fact, many people remember Old Black Witch as the “Blueberry Pancake Witch,” and this beloved series went on to sell over a million and a half books. Wende’s words, brought to life by Harry’s vivid illustrations, will continue to enthrall future generations as an unforgettable legacy in children’s literature.

Each of their books comes with a recipe on the back cover, take a look on Pinterest for all of them! Our favorite recipe is the Cranberry Upside Down Cake. The Blueberry Pancakes and Cranberry Bread are soooo good too!

Don’t forget to check out all the cool facts at Wende and Harry’s website.