Lucy and Tom’s Day by Shirley Hughes
Shirley Hughes

Lucy and Tom’s Day by Shirley Hughes

In 1959 Shirley was approached by the publishers Victor Gollancz to create her first picture book, something she’d long been considering after years of illustrating other people’s work. ‘I went back to an idea I had worked on years before of a very simple book about two small children going through an ordinary day. There were, surprisingly, not many of them around in those days.’ Continue reading

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Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster & Edward Ardizzone
Classics

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster & Edward Ardizzone

With a retrospective of the artist Edward Ardizzone opening at the House of Illustration this week, I wanted to showcase one of his lesser known works – Jean Webster’s 1912 classic Daddy Long-Legs. Jean Webster was the grand-niece of Mark Twain; a relationship that suggests literary nepotism but was in fact fraught with difficulties.  Her father had … Continue reading