Do it your­self

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❍ Au­thors from Beatrix Pot­ter to Chris Rid­dell have cho­sen to il­lus­trate their own work. At its best, the re­sult is a com­plete in­te­gra­tion of text and im­age, as seen, for ex­am­ple, in The Tale of Mr Jeremy Fisher. In some il­lus­trated books for younger chil­dren, such as Ju­dith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea or the work of Emma Chich­ester Clark, story and il­lus­tra­tion are of equal im­pact and im­por­tance.

❍ In the ‘Swal­lows and Ama­zons’ nov­els of Arthur Ran­some, ‘The Lit­tle Grey Men’ ti­tles by BB (Denys Watkins-pitch­ford) and Hugh Loft­ing’s se­ries of ‘Doc­tor Dolit­tle’ nov­els, writ­ten be­tween 1920 and 1952, the au­thors’ il­lus­tra­tions en­hance their sto­ries, of­fer­ing read­ers a clear in­di­ca­tion of each writer’s own con­cep­tion, with­out ever over­whelm­ing the pri­mary im­pact of plot or prose.

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