Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration by Leonard S. Marcus, 264 pages. Candlewick, 2019. $40.
BUYING ADVISORY: ADULTS, GIFT - OPTIONAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: LOW
Since her first illustrated book in 1967, Helen Oxenbury has created a wealth of wonder for children all over the world. Mr. Marcus takes on a journey through 50 years of her career so far, letting us see photos of her with her author/illustrator husband and her children, along with many full-page, full-color illustrations from many of her books.
That said – I see a very limited market for this coffee table sized tome. While kids will love looking at the illustrations, I can only see a few adults wanting this for a personal collection. I was personally so excited to read it, but I was left cold when NONE of her 15 Tom and Pippo books were mentioned in the text – only in the bibliography. SO disappointing. I would suggest that you buy the actual board books and picture books to enjoy Helen’s art to the fullest.
Cindy, Middle School Librarian, MLS