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

Lotta by Astrid Lindgren & Beatrice Alemagna
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Lotta by Astrid Lindgren & Beatrice Alemagna

  Big love for a European success story today, as Astrid Lindgren’s tale of a naughty little Swede is reimagined by Italian / French artist Beatrice Alemagna (with reference to the English translation by Gerry Bothmer). Lotta is Astrid’s lesser known child anarchist. Several years Pippi Longstocking’s junior, and the youngest of three siblings, Lotta … Continue reading

Shirley Hughes and Clara Vuillamy’s Christmas Books
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Shirley Hughes and Clara Vuillamy’s Christmas Books

  Together with Judith Kerr, Shirley Hughes is the person I look to when I want to be reminded of Christmas past. Lucy and Tom’s Christmas  in particular  feels rather like looking at my own childhood Christmases, laid out in lovely thick gouache. There have been several other wonderful additions to her festive cannon including a … Continue reading