The High King

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1969

The High King

by Lloyd Alexander

Ages: 9+

Interests: fantasy, magic, war, violence, bravery, coming of age, ethical dilemmas, romance

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Vintage Children’s Book List

The blog No Time for Flash Cards has a nice list up now, 27 Vintage Books Every Child Should Read.

The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand (Wikipedia)

One book jumped out at me from the list, The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. Just reading the title conjured up in my mind the amazing, amazing illustrations by Robert Lawson: the odd-looking men from the city, the expression on Ferdinand’s face when he sits on the bee, the cork tree with actual corks dangling from it, the ladies at the bullfight, the rage of the matador… This book is a masterful example of the power of illustrations, as well as a wonderful tale of pacifism and remaining true to yourself.

If books from my childhood are now considered vintage, does that make me vintage too? I prefer the term classic…

Books on the list that I’ve reviewed here:

Where the Wild Things Are

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Other books illustrated by Robert Lawson:

Adam of the Road

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

They Were Strong and Good

Rabbit Hill

Oliver Jeffers, funny guy

Here’s a great little video about Oliver Jeffers, creator of many picture books such as Lost and Found. It’s entertaining but also gives a glimpse into what goes into the making of a children’s picture book.

Charming video, and yet… I can’t wait until filmmakers stop doing all those distracting out/in focus pulls. (In the good old days camera operators checked the focus before starting to shoot!)

You can check out his website here.

Lost and Found (book)

Polish Children’s Book Illustrations

On the blog 50 Watts, check out 3 marvellous collections of vintage illustrations:

from the 1950s,

from the 1960s,

and from the 1970s.

Gorgeous stuff. (Warning, once you visit this site, you may never leave! An incredible image archive.)

Illus. by Jan Marcin Szancer for Gulliver's Travels, 1958From the collection of Hipopotam

Illus. by Jan Marcin Szancer for Gulliver’s Travels, 1958
From the collection of Hipopotam

Illus. by Zdzisław Witwicki for Z przygód krasnala Hałabały, 1960From the collection of Hipopotam

Illus. by Zdzisław Witwicki for Z przygód krasnala Hałabały, 1960
From the collection of Hipopotam

Illus. by Maria Szymańska for Dar Królowej Róż, 1971From the collection of Hipopotam

Illus. by Maria Szymańska for Dar Królowej Róż, 1971
From the collection of Hipopotam

Oh Maurice, you Old Curmudgeon…

Maurice Sendak gives an interview and, as always, speaks pretty candidly. (The interview was done for TateShots in the UK and I came across it via writerswrite.com.)

RIP Ronald Searle

Here’s the Guardian article on the great illustrator Ronald Searle, best known for his hilariously dark St. Trinians cartoons…

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