Beautifully illustrated classics
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I was wondering if any of you had some favourite newly illustrated editions of classic novels to share? I've been reading these recently with my kids - both very visual thinkers - and they are definitely more engaged with those books I provide which contain both beautiful and plentiful illustrations (and here I mean really plentiful - all throughout the text, not just a few beautiful plates).
A few of mine that really stand out for recommendation are:
Alice in Wonderland illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Pippi Longstocking illustrated by Lauren Child
Treasure Island illustrated by Robert Ingpen
Wind in the Willows illustrated by Charles van Sandwyk (you can only get this one through Folio Society, but it is truly stunning)
I'd love to hear your suggestions...
Thanks ArmyAngel! That edition of Aesop looks beautiful. And I see it's part of a whole series by Chronicle Books using vintage illustrations...
I love my hardback copies of The Secret Garden and A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I'm looking for Little Lord Fauntleroy to complete my collection. They are published by David Godine Publishers and illustrated by Grahame Rust. But they may not have enough pictures for you; there are one or two in every chapter, but they aren't on every page.
Still, so beautiful...
Kirsty: check the Aesop book again; it was touchstoning to a different copy, one with a red cover, I changed it to the one I actually have.
>6 Thanks ArmyAngel - I had found the one you meant on Amazon by searching on the title anyway (where I got see some examples of the illustrations!).
>5 Wisewoman - thanks so much for your suggestions. Is that the same Graham Rust who paints Trompe L'oeils? (e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb3nO5krsAw)
Hmm, I can't really tell. Probably. I misspelled his first name; no E on the end. So it's very likely him. I like his book illustrations better than what I saw on YouTube (although that is certainly impressive!).
If you are interested in fairy tale collections, I can recommend A World of Fairy Tales: Ten celebrated artists reinvent the classic tales edited by Rita Marshall. The illustrations in that are plentiful, varied and wonderful, and the stories include some old favorites, but also some obscure gems.
>9 Thanks very much Aviddiva - I managed to find a copy of A World of Fairy Tales on ebay, so I can't wait to see it in person!
I hope you like it! My boys are particularly fond of the John Howe illustrations for The Fisherman and His Wife.
The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis Illustrated by Pauline Baynes is rather beautiful.
And a complete indulgence on my part The Annotated Wizard of Oz Centennial ediction published by W.W. Norton and Company - Pictures by WW Denslow.
You probably know about it already and its a bit of nostalgia as far as the two towers go My New York by Kathy Jakobsen.
There is also a Redwood Edition (not very good paper - me thinks) but lots of colour plates and black and white illustrations for The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London.
So many! It's hard to choose
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