My favourite book as a child was - Han's Anderson's fairy tales illustrated by Jiří Trnka.
It was bought brand new for me in 1967 - please don't do the maths!
This was the book that made me long to illustrate children's books...
an unfulfilled ambition which – as I mentioned in my previous blog – I'm taking steps to rectify by taking a Children's book illustration course with Lilla Rogers and Zoe Tucker, at MATS.com
But... I digress
...Jiří Trnka was a puppet maker, illustrator, and an animator and film director.
Click on the above image to see a documentary about
Jiří Trnka and how his created his magic!
I now realise that I loved his animation as a child too!
Why do I love this book?
I have kept it all this time
...because the images are so incredibly full of character, emotion and life!