In light of my recent feature on illustrating for children’s books and the Best New Illustrator Award 2011, I wanted to continue the celebrations by highlighting my favourite old children’s books based entirely on the front cover.
“Don’t judge a book by its cover!” – What rubbish. Well, when it comes to children’s books it is. As an adult, if you go into a children’s bookshop and pick up a book you remember from your childhood or from reading to your own child in recent years, why have you picked it up? Because you recognise it from it’s cover illustration. Memory is such a wonderful thing, especially when it comes to books and evoking childhood experiences long forgotten.
‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes
‘Old Bear’ by Jane Hissey
‘The Animals of Farthing Wood’ by Colin Dann