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Freyda



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 6:12 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Caro wrote:

PS I don't remember picture books from my childhood - were there none or was I deprived (or forgetful)?


Me neither, now that you mention it, Caro. Not big colourful books, anyway. The children's books we had at home tended to be for older children, and mostly text with occasional black and white, rather scratchy type of line drawings. I loved Just William and the earlier drawings for these books were quite small but very full of  character. But we had the Ernest Shepherd drawings for the Pooh stories and poems. And the small-format Noddy books, which were all colour. Little Grey Rabbit, smallish books with gentle pictures and a nice square colour plate on the front; same with Beatrix Potter books, which have always been beautifully produced.  I think it was her own idea to have them made as small books for small hands. I adore the illustrations for the 'Tailor of Gloucester'. But all of these are as important for their stories as for the drawings. Maybe no one made solely picture books then (1950s, 1960s)?

I started to buy children's books as a young adult, long before I had children myself, mainly for the illustrations. I wanted to build up a collection but sadly this fell by the wayside as things like the mortgage etc called on my funds. I have a very nice large-format Wind In The Willows, and some Arthur Rackham-illustrated fairy tales. The other contemporary picture books went into my children's collection - hopefully the best of them are still in the attic. Some I bought just for their unusual style or decorative reasons, and were not very popular with my actual children.

There was someone called Michael ??? in the 1980s who painted beautiful dreamlike pictures in almost translucent or stained-glass colours, often gorgeous shades of blue. I can't recall his name or any book titles and am not aware that he is still making books. Any ideas who this was or is?

I like Nick Sharratt pictures, and Eric Carle, though I don't know what children make of his rather abstract style. Still, he hasn't done badly, has he??


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storrrm



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a classic, and Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett is wonderful.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favourites as a child were the ones by Brian Wildsmith, especially The Rich Man and the Shoemaker, though it was a bit scary.  I still love his pictures.  

I also remember one called Buy Me a China Doll - and have just discovered it on amazon, though it's now out of print - lovely pictures:
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http://www.amazon.com/Mommy-Buy-Me-China-Doll/dp/0374452865[/url]

And my brother had another one about a boy who goes to the seaside and has a rubber seahorse, and dreams about it becoming a real seahorse - I have never been able to find it again, but it was another one that was slightly scary in a haunting sort of way, with gorgeous watercolour pictures.[/img]


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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had one where a boy discovers the jungle scene of his wallpaper becomes real at night, and he wanders off into it (as you do). That one was quite scary!

Edit: A quick google suggests it was probably The Magic Wallpaper by Frank Francis



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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have bought a picture book for our youngest grandchild's birthday which is illustrated with the most marvellous paintings, it has a gap in one page to allow the back view of a farmer, turn the page and you see the front view and other pages fold out to give a wide view of the action. I don't think these are unique to a chldren's book - it's just that The Moon and Farmer McPhee has won the NZ Post book of the year award. The author is Margaret Mahyand she tells a story about the effect of the Moon on the farmer and his animals.

The artist, David Elliott, also won an award for the best picture book. I am not surprised - the pictures are stunning with what the judges called a luminous quality. I felt they were almost in 3D the way the animals were shown.


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Green Jay



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds lovely. Must look it up.


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Castorboy



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi  GJ. I have a feeling it will take about three months to appear in UK shops because that is how long books take to reach us!



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