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The World of Dr Seuss

Published July 29, 2013 by Jill London

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This slideshow features some gorgeous art from the hugely talented and, in my opinion, little appreciated Dr Seuss. Really, I know his work is still in demand and all but how often do we pause to think of him as the gifted and surprising artist he was? I always adored his books and the pictures really fed into my imagination and created a world of wonder and delight. Book illustrations contribute so much toward the finished article yet they are almost an overlooked resource. For all the illustrators out there, here’s looking at you, kid.

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Happy Birthday Chris Van Allsburg!

Published June 18, 2013 by Jill London

Happy Birthday to Chris Van Allsburg who was born on this day in 1949. Chris is an American author and illustrator of children’s books including Jumanji and The Polar Express, both of which won him the Caldecott Medal, and Zathura.

“His books often depict fantastic, uncontrolled events and utilize sometimes brutal irony. Van Allsburg breaks out of the comfortable world of children literature to explore the darker side of human nature. For example, his book The Sweetest Fig is about a selfish man who is suddenly given the opportunity to make his wildest dreams come true. His greed is eventually his downfall. This is not an unusual moral for a story in children books, but Van Allsburg’s chilling characterization of the man brings a frightening tone to the narrative.

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, a collection of images on one side, and one sentence on the other (meant to be ‘recovered pages’ of longer books) continues the themes of darker undertones and was the inspiration for the short story “The House on Maple Street” by author Stephen King, in his collection: Nightmares & Dreamscapes.

The Wretched Stone, in which a ship’s crew is mesmerized and corrupted by the titular rock, is an allegorical tale about the negative impact of television” Source: Wikipedia.


Balbus was assisting his mother-in-law to convince the dragon

Published April 18, 2013 by Jill London

Balbus was assisting his mother-in-law to convince the dragon.


“Balbus was assisting his mother-in-law to convince the dragon” by A. B. Frost.

This illustration comes from Eligible Apartments, the second of Lewis Carroll’s ‘knots’ (mathematical problems which apparently much keener brains than mine consider fun to unravel). These knots (or short stories) form a larger piece entitled A Tangled Tale  which was published serially between April 1880 and March 1885.  Readers would write in with their suggested answers and in later issues Carroll gave the solution to each knot and discussed readers’ answers. Carroll described these works thus:

The writer’s intention was to embody in each Knot (like medicine so dexterously, but ineffectually, concealed in the jam of our early childhood) one or more mathematical questions — in Arithmetic, Algebra, or Geometry, as the case might be — for the amusement, and possible edification, of the fair readers of that magazine.

The artist: Arthur Burdett Frost (January 17, 1851 – June 22, 1928), was an early American illustrator, graphic artist, comics writer and well known painter. Frost is considered one of the great illustrators in the “Golden Age of American Illustration”, illustrating over 90 books and producing hundreds of paintings. Frost married another artist, illustrator Emily Louise Phillips, in 1883 and from 1906 until May 1914, Frost and his family lived in France, attracted by the Impressionist movement. Source: Wikipedia.

If you want to read knot II, from which this illustration comes, you can do so here:


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