I thought I would produce a post for today which was a little less taxing than having to read through an entire review, and focus instead on that which has been largely neglected on The Literary Sisters to date – that of the humble illustration. I must admit that I still love books with pictures in them, even as an adult and a PhD researcher. When I flip open the pages of a Persephone book and see lovely illustrations alongside the text, I delight a little. There is just something so charming about them.
Without further ado, I am going to post ten of my favourite book illustrations. I hope you enjoy this veering away from the literary!
1. John Teniell‘s iconic interpretation of Lewis Carroll‘s Alice in Wonderland
2. E.H. Shepard‘s delightful images in A.A. Milne‘s Winnie the Pooh (and friends)
3. Carson Ellis‘ wonderful drawings in husband Colin Meloy‘s Wildwood Chronicles series
4. Ludwig Bemelmans‘ adorable redhead, Madeline
5. The Moomins by my beloved Tove Jansson
6. The lovely Babar by Jean de Brunhoff
7. Beatrix Potter‘s whimsical animals
8. Quentin Blake‘s wonderful depiction of Roald Dahl‘s Matilda
9. Mary Cicely Barker‘s Flower Fairies, which enchanted me throughout childhood
10. Pauline Baynes‘ stunning drawings in C.S. Lewis‘ Chronicles of Narnia series
There are no great surprises here, I’m sure! Which are your favourite illustrations? Have I featured any of them here?
15. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
I still adore The Very Hungry Caterpillar, so much so that I have a Hungry Caterpillar mug and badge set, which were purchased for me quite recently. The story is simple but the illustrations make it incredibly memorable.
14. The Lottie Project by Jacqueline Wilson
One of my absolute favourite Wilson books. I love the mixture of present and past here, and Charlotte and Lottie are both marvellously drawn characters.
13. Mrs Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter
It was incredibly difficult for me to choose a favourite from Potter’s delightful tales, but Mrs Tiggy-Winkle has stuck with me forever. I adore her as a character, and am sure that I will even enjoy this book when I’m well into my old age.
12. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
Tigers have always been my favourite animals, and I adore afternoon tea and tea parties, so this was obviously going to rank amongst my favourites.
11. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Utterly delightful in its entirety, and no childhood is complete without reading the compendium.