Tuesday, May 25, 2010

26th May Lisbeth Zwerger (1954)

Lisbeth Zwerger is an Austrian born and educated illustrator of children's books. Her illustrations are reminiscent of 19th Century illustrations in that they are very artistic and detailed. She was awarded the Hans Christian Anderson Medal in 1990 for her contribution to children's literature. She does not write her own stories and prefers to impress with illustration rather than words and as this is her emphasis she is not prolific and only does about one book per year.

She illustrates traditional literature such as fairytales, fables and bible stories, as well as modern classics such as Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, The Selfish Giant, Swan Lake and Rudyard Kipling's How the Camel Got his Hump.

Like so many other authors and illustrators of children's literature, her partner is also an illustrator - John A. Rowe of Moondog fame.

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