Didn’t We Have Fun!

Didn't We Have Fun!, by Hilda Robinson & Jeff Kunkel

Didn’t We Have Fun!
by Hilda Robinson & Jeff Kunkel
Crickhollow Books • July 2012
Hardcover • $19.95 • 48 pages
Picture Book / African-American Life & Culture

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Trade Hardcover (laminated cover)
48 pages • 28 illus. • 10” x 10”
Ages 5 and up
$19.95 • ISBN 978-1-933987-17-0
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African-American Heritage • Family Life
Urban Neighborhoods • Recreation & Playground Games
School • Church Life

Yellow Couch, pastel by Hilda Robinson

Two Girls on Yellow Couch, painting by Hilda Robinson




Green Mama, painting by Hilda Robinson

Green Mama, painting by Hilda Robinson.

2013 Honor Award
Skipping Stones Magazine

“Robinson, an artist, shares with today’s readers what life was like growing up in a closely knit African American community during the 1950s. Each one- or two-page vignette tells something about her family, friends, or the way she spent her time. . . . Creating with oil pastels, Robinson draws viewers in, whether the picture is of a girl in a white party dress sitting on a kitchen chair, or a group of girls playing hopscotch. This is a lovely offering. . . .
ALA Booklist Online, Ilene Cooper (1/31/13)

“Through colorful oil pastel paintings and engaging storytelling, Robinson shares her memories . . . a welcoming book about the joys of childhood.” – Skipping Stones

“. . . a beautiful book portraying impressionistic paintings of Hilda’s childhood memories. The pictures are stunning and reminded me so much of my own childhood. The best part was telling the story to my son and watching his wonderful awe-filled reaction. I absolutely love and highly recommend this lovely book.”
– Brenda Bowen

Anyone from any background will be able to relate to the celebration of childhood, family nurturing, faith, love and community expressed in this book. You will treasure it for a lifetime.”
– Dr. Terri Renee Jett

Gloriously illustrated . . . its overall impression is one of wonder and joy, celebrating the positive bonds that bring families and neighbors together. Highly recommended.” – Midwest Book Review


Didn’t We Have Fun! is a vibrant, colorful look at African-American family life and culture, seen through the eyes of a celebrated artist.

Hilda Robinson, artist and grandmother, shares the joys of growing up in a closely-knit African-American family and neighborhood, long before television was invented. You’ll meet Hilda’s four sisters and one brother, and her Mama and Daddy, and visit her Philadelphia neighborhood of red-brick row houses.

The images of family life, reading, studying, chores, playground games, and neighborhood social events are rich and warmly drawn in a jazzy, impressionistic style.


Hilda Robinson was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She studied at Temple University and the University of California at Berkeley, earning her Master of Arts degree when she was fifty years old. Her work is featured each year in the Art of Living Black, an annual exhibition at the Richmond Art Center in California, and in many private and corporate collections. She lives in Oakland, California.

Jeff Kunkel wrote the text based on interviews with Hilda. A United Methodist minister, he is an accomplished artist and author of a number of books for adults and young readers. He also lives in Oakland.

Four Ladies, painting by Hilda Robinson

Four Ladies in Church, painting by Hilda Robinson