Saturday, April 6, 2019

Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration by Leonard S. Marcus - OPTIONAL



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

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