Do it yourself
❍ 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.