We’ve been spoiled with some amazing books about children’s books lately. First came the essential Oxford Companion by Daniel Hahn, with three and a half thousand perfectly encapsulated entries on the entire history of children’s literature. Now comes a far more selective publication by Martin Salisbury, professor of illustration at the Cambridge school of art.
100 Great Children’s Picture Books is the antidote to unsatisfying polls like this one from the BBC which deliver lists of unarguable classics but offer up few surprises. Salisbury has taken the other tack; instead of trying create a comprehensive list he’s put together a highly personal list based on ‘un-academic, unscientific criteria, ultimately based on the ‘wow factor’.
This is a book that will appeal both to casual readers and obsessives who want to dig a little deeper into the rich history of the picture book. Even when dealing with famous names like Jon…
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