Monday, August 9, 2010

10th August Tony Ross (1938) LeUyen Pham (1973)

Tony Ross is extremely popular in my library. He is a prolific British illustrator of children's books. He illustrates his own books as well as working with other authors and has become easily recognisable by children because of some well-known series that he has provided the artwork for. He is the illustrator for Francesca Simon's Horrid Henry books, Terence Blacker's Ms Wiz books, Lynne Reid Banks' Harry the Poisonous Centipede books, Paula Danziger's Amber Brown books, Ian Whybrow's Books for Boys, Andrew Matthew's series of Shakespeare stories and has done many of Jeanne Willis' picture books as well. His own series of Little Princess books about a precocious little princess makes children laugh out loud and the books in this box in the library are frequently borrowed. Tony Ross' illustrations tend to be very humorous. In an interview he said,

"I don′t write down to children. I try to understand their world and write up to it."

This is probably one of the reasons why children love his work!

LeYuen Pham is also an illustrator. She was born in Vietnam, but fled Saigon in 1975 and went to the USA where she now lives. She has illustrated books for authors such as Anna Grossnickle Hines (Whose Hat?; Whose Shoes?), Kathryn Lasky (Before I was Your Mother) and Karma Wilson (the series about Sweet Briar, a skunk who starts school and goes to camp).

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