Friday, October 21, 2016

FABULOUS NEW BOOK FOR CHILDREN - AN ALPHABET OF AWFUL ANIMALS FOR ADULTS

Author George Courtauld and artist John Holder have produced this superbly illustrated book for children just in time for Christmas. Both are grandfathers and their book jacket gives us some intriguing information on their history.  George is already a well known writer whose "Fat Bulldog' trilogy concerning his life as a Queen's Messenger, travelling 3,500,000 miles world-wide, has brought him great success.

John Holder is also well known for his work in the classic tradition of humorous illustration, dating back to Victorian times. In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Anglia Ruskin University for his lifetime contribution to illustration and drawing at Cambridge School of Art. 

John's drawings are wonderful.  Wait till you see how cleverly he has illustrated the animals in this book with snippets of verse from nearly 80 creatures from A for Aardvark to Z for Zoo-keeper, via a huge variety of creatures both mythical and extant, such as a gargoyle, the Jellyfish and a Witchetty Grub - lots of fun and, as the above gentleman have suggested, perfect for the loo bookcase, as well as the bedside table.      

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