Wednesday, 3 February 2016

"Winnie Flies Again" By Korky Paul And Valerie Thomas (published by Oxford University Press 1999) - Part 2

 Another one of Korky Paul's zany books - and I've got quite a few! The plot is simple enough: Winnie the witch is losing her grip when riding her broom and bumps into various things with terrifying results. And while in despair, trying to figure out what's going wrong with her broom she runs into an optician! Check out the pirate below testing out a new pair of glasses and the eccentric optician herself below that. Great characters and a very funny story. Every page is full of "visual" jokes, many embedded in the fine details of the artist's amazing illustrations.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

"Willy The Dreamer" By Anthony Browne (Published by Walker Books Ltd, London 1997) Part-3

This is an excerpt from the author's biography in the book: "Anthony Browne (born in 1946) is one of today's most popular and acclaimed children's artists. In March 2000 he received the highest international distinction for a picture book artist, becoming the first British illustrator to win the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration. His many other awards include the Kate Greenaway Medal for Gorilla and Zoo, and the Kurt Maschler Award for Gorilla, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Voices In The Park. Willy The Dreamer was short listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal..."  Here's the author's wonderful website full of pictures, list of all his books, biography etc:
Below is the opening page for "Willy The Dreamer" and below that is the last page of the story - I love spotting the differences between the two and admiring the artist's ingenuity, skill and imagination. A great book for adults and kids alike!

Sunday, 27 December 2015

"Willy The Dreamer" By Anthony Browne (Published by Walker Books Ltd, London 1997) Part 2

If I had to pick only one of Anthony Browne's brilliant books, this would be the one! It's a majestic journey through Willy's memories, aspirations, past and future using famous paintings (mainly from the surrealist movement) as a backdrop. The one above, for example, has reference from Giorgio De Chirico's work. The one below that from Salvador Dali's ""The Persistence Of Memory"(1931) and the last one from Rene Magritte's "Reproduction Prohibited"(1937). The pictures from my previous post, display Willy's dreams about being a film star, a famous painter or a rock idol (ie Elvis why not?)! The bananas and Willy's characteristic  pair of the red and green socks at present where ever possible!

Monday, 21 December 2015

"This Old Man" Illustrations By Pam Adams (Published by Child's Play (International) Ltd, England 1974) Part 2

Pam Adams (1919-2010) was a British graphic artist and illustrator who teamed up with Michael Twinn in 1972 and his newly created publishing house, Child's Play ( ). Their first - and best selling - title was "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly"(1972). I haven't got that book yet but this title was published soon afterwards and it's still on sale today. I have many fond memories reading it loudly to my children but the tune always brings in mind my favourite TV character Lieutenant Columbo who was frequently humming it! This is a brief biography of the artist from the publisher's website: