Childhood favourites (Was Oh the horror!)
jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 5 17:35:09 EST 2003
--- JOdel at aol.com wrote:
> Five favorite children's books that I actually read
> as a child?
These didn't set my tastes for
> fantasy reading so much
> as they did for my physical deffinition of what a
> "beautiful book" should be.
> This series was one last glorious refuge of Art
> Nouveau sensibilities, at
> least to a child's eye (and until Neill's death in
> the '40s. Neill's artwork
> had unified the look of a series which had up to
> that point had three
> different authors. The illustrators who followed him
> were Frank Kramer, whose
> work was distinctly inferior -- although easier for
> me to copy -- and someone
> I cannot remember. The illustrator of the MacGraw's
> book, Dick Martin, had a
> lovely 1950's style which is absolutely charming on
> its own behalf,
> the longevity of those probably has as much to do
> with the Hillary Knight and
> Maurice Sendak illustrations. (Note: the first book
> and the third were
> originally isssued with illustratuions by some
> unknown house illustrator. But
> reissued with Knight's some time in the '50s, I
> think. Since then, all
> reprints have used Knight.)
> Third; C. S. Lewis's Narnia stories, and let's hear
> it for Pauline Baynes as
You obviously were into illustrations!
This brings to mind my own love for the wonderful Art
Deco illustrations that many of my mother's childrens
books from the '30s had.
I agree about Pauline Baynes.
One of the great joys of being a parent of young
children was being able to buy them wonderfully
illustrated children's book. No longer having the
excuse of young children hasn't stopped us.
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