Newell was one of the most popular illustrators of his day and his style helped define the turn of the century era. His work appeared in all of the most popular magazines (Harper's, McClure's, Collier's Saturday Evening Post, Scribner's, etc.) and graced the novels belonging to authors like Lewis Carol, Mark Twain, and Stephen Crane.
Newell's Humpty Dumpty from Carroll's Through the Looking Glass
Newell's humor was evident in so much of his poetry and illustration.
"Of what are you afraid, my child?"
Enquired the kindly teacher.
"Oh, Sir, the flowers, they are wild!"
Replied the timid creature.
Newell's "Wild Flowers," Harper's Monthly, August 1893
He couldn't make up his mind,
And she couldn't make up hers;
But finally they put their heads together,
And it was all right.
Newell's "The Solution," Harper's New Magazine, June 1898
Newell also authored a number of popular novelty children's books. Among these were Topsys and Turvys in which pictures could be viewed from either right side up or upside down.
The Elephant leans o'er the fence and wonders why it is
The Ostrich has a longer neck and smaller mouth than his.
Another creative book was Newell's Slant Book which was produced a rhomboid shape with pictures and text to match.
Newell's ingenious Shadow Book contained blank images with a silhouetted shape that seemed recognizable, however when held to the light with the image on the next page, the silhouette in the oval would change into another form altogether.
One of my favorites was his Hole Book where a physical hole was drilled through the book and a travels of a bullet accidentally fired by a boy are detailed.
If you've never seen the book, it may be viewed online HERE, but it's far more fun for a kid to see the actual hole and place a finger in it.
A younger Newell at work