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Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration

by Leonard S. Marcus

'new gen' - Great Books for Young Adults Biography / Autobiography

LoveReading View on Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration

Oxenbury is an amazing illustrator, who has given us many of the well-loved classics of childhood reading. Here is an honest, beautifully illustrated look at the life of a modern illustrator, and her life. A book to read, to dip into and to just enjoy.

Tricia Adams, from our Best Autobiographies Ever Blog.


An outstanding book for everyone who has enjoyed We’re Going on a Bear Hunt or any of Helen Oxenbury’s other wonderful books from her board books capturing the smallest details of toddler life to her witty and sophisticated illustrations to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Distinguished children’s book critic Leonard S. Marcus takes reader’s behind the scenes of Oxenbury’s life as he recounts the major moments which mark out her career of such exceptional originality and sets it firmly within the publishing context of the period. The wealth of Oxenbury’s exquisite illustrations that have been reproduced in the highest possible quality make it a book that gives hours of enjoyment and inspiration.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E.

Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration Synopsis

A fascinating, beautiful and definitive account of the life of esteemed artist Helen Oxenbury. Filled with insights that span Helen Oxenbury's life, from her early childhood through a unique career in children's books that began in 1964 and is still going strong today, here is an exquisitely designed and thoroughly entertaining celebration of one of the finest English illustrators of our time. Written by acclaimed author Leonard S. Marcus, Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration is a keepsake that is sure to engage and delight everyone from scholars to art aficionados to the many children and adults who have grown up with Helen Oxenbury's enchanting books.

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ISBN: 9781406357943
Publication date: 01/11/2018
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406357943
Publication date: 1st November 2018
Author: Leonard S. Marcus
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Biography / Autobiography,
Categories: Autobiography: arts & entertainment, Illustration, Individual designers,

About Leonard S. Marcus

Leonard S. Marcus is one of the world's leading writers about children's books and their illustration. His many books include Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing; Funny Business; Conversations with Writers of Comedy; and Show Me a Story! Why Picture Books Matter. His essays, interviews and reviews appear in The New York Times Book Review and the Horn Book magazine. He teaches at New York University and the School of Visual Arts and lectures around the world. Leonard lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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