"It might be truly said that the born illustrator is not very interested in life as it is. He likes to create his own version of the world around him. Actuality is not pointed enough for him." Edward Ardizzone in a talk "The Born Illustrator" delivered to the Double Crown Club at one of their dinners in 1957. (Read the complete text here). Ardizzone, who illustrated and wrote so many wonderful books, was considered by many to be the father of the modern children's picture book. Here are some of my favorites of his work.
I continue to be entranced by vintage books. Sometimes I marvel at the prospect that one day, there will be no more physical books produced. Wouldn't that be awful? I found these on MuddyRiverAntiques on Etsy.