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Grahame Johnstone Tales in Finding Out Magazines

‘Finding Out: A Modern Library of Education in Weekly Parts’ was a British weekly educational magazine for children, first published by Purnell & Sons Ltd in 1962. The magazine was noted for its illustrations, which were by some of the top book illustrators of the day, including Angus McBride and Read more…

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The Art of the Australian Fairy

Australian Fairy Tales In this article I’d like to introduce you to a collection of literary magical fairy beings of the sort that typically feature prominently in pan-European fairy tales but here are living in the Australian bush. I will cover Australian Aboriginal dreamtime stories in a separate article since Read more…

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MinaLima’s Interactive Illustrated Classics Series

Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima are the graphic design duo affectionately known as MinaLima. Best known for their design work on the Harry Potter franchise, they have also committed to producing a 12 volume series of interactive children’s classics in conjunction with Harper Design, and five of these volumes have Read more…

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Muller’s World Fairy Tales – The Complete List, Illustrated

A new page in my list of illustrated bibliographies has been added. The Frederick Muller’s World Fairy Tales Collections (also known as the ‘Folk and Fairy Tales’ series) were published between the late 1950s to the early 1970s. The books contain some lovely tales from countries all around the world, Read more…

Janet & Anne Grahame Johnstone – Incredibly Talented Twin Illustrators

My latest illustrated bibliography is a complete list of the books published by Janet & Anne Grahame Johnstone. These twin artists worked together on all their artwork, swapping it between themselves in their studio, until Janet’s tragic death following a house fire. If you grew up in one of the Commonwealth countries in Read more…

Errol Le Cain – Master of Design and Colour in Children’s Book Illustration

A new entry in my illustrated bibliography series is a complete bibliography of the work of master illustrator Errol Le Cain. My favourite of his works are the incredible classic fairy tale picture book versions of Cinderella and Thorn Rose (Sleeping Beauty). Just look at these beauties: But honestly, all of his work Read more…

East of the Sun, West of the Moon: A Taschen vs Folio Society Comparison

Taschen Edition Folio Society Calla Editions For this post I’ll be focusing on a comparison between two of the loveliest editions of East of the Sun, West of the Moon with Kay Nielsen’s incomparable illustrations. I think these are some of the most exquisite illustrations in children’s literature of all time. First Read more…

Rockport’s Delightful Classics Reimagined Series

Classics Reimagined is a library of stunning collector’s editions of unabridged classic novels illustrated by contemporary artists from around the world. Each artist offers his or her own unique, visual interpretation of the most well-loved, widely read, and avidly collected literature from renowned authors. Watch the video above to flip through Read more…