The World History of Animation. By Stephen Cavalier (University of California Press, $39.95).
With an exhaustive scope and luxurious illustrations, Stephen Cavalier’s 416-page tome is the kind of resource book you’ll find yourself returning to over and over again. This comprehensive volume offers a nice roundup of all the important works of animation, divided up by 30-year chunks (1900-1927, 1928-1957, 19581985 and 1986-2010). Key films, TV shows, shorts and animators from Europe, Asia and North America are covered, and a helpful glossary of terms, Oscar winners through the years and animation books and websites also add value to the publication.