Sunday, 20 December 2009

The lure of illustrated children's books

‘The Sparrow’s Nest’ John Bewick
"Few things evoke childhood memories as powerfully as picture books. Jenny Uglow looks at favourites old and new."

Article by Jenny Uglow in Saturday's Guardian. You can read it by clicking here.
"Soon London publishers such as John Newbery were producing tiny books such as the Little Pretty-Pocket Book, the size of a child's hand. At the same time the great French fairytales were translated into English, soon followed by the exotic Arabian Nights. These, too, appeared in children's editions, often with tiny postage-stamp pictures, like early comic strips, but occasionally with fine illustrations such as the meticulous wood-engravings of Thomas and John Bewick."

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Jenny Uglow by Paul Laity.

Jenny Uglow. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe

'I like biography so much – because it's somehow easier being somebody else'

Saturday's Guardian included a double page feature on Jenny Uglow. The article makes several references to Thomas Bewick, the subject of her 2006 "Nature's Engraver"

"It is at home in Canterbury, now cluttered again with young children's toys, that she works on her books – as sharply detailed, humane and entertaining as Bewick's woodcuts."

Jenny's new book is "A Gambling Man: Charles II and the Restoration"

Paul Laity's article can be found here.

A review of "A Gambling Man" can be found here.

Details of "Nature's Engraver" can be found here.