Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration by Leonard S. Marcus – Book Review

Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration by Leonard S. Marcus – Book Review

A Life in Illustration by Helen Oxenbury

Helen Oxenbury: A Life in Illustration

Author – Leonard S. Marcus
Illustrator – Helen Oxenbury
Publisher – Walker Books
Pages – 288
Released – 1st November 2018
ISBN-13 – 978-1406357943
Format – hardcover
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book
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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.

Review 2017

Anyone who has ever read a children’s book will most likely know who Helen Oxenbury is or at least of heard of a few of her books. In A Life in Illustration, we get to take a look at Helen’s life and that of her children’s books and the illustrations that she drew to accompany them.

The book is split into different eras in time beginning with 1957-1962 as she begins the career that will last her a lifetime. The book tells you the story of Helen’s life and has lots of accompanying artwork, including private family photos, her illustrations and even photo’s of clay models of her characters.

The book also tells you the story of Walker Books, one of the most famous children’s books publishers and how Helen helped them to get to where they are in the publishing world today.

I’m not normally a lover of memoirs but having read plenty of Helen’s children’s books I was interested to know more about the woman behind the stories.

It is a big, heavy book but boy is it filled to the brim with something interesting on every page. Helen has had an incredible life and is loved by many, including a few who have taken the time to write about her.

The book was a real delight and eye-opening. I really did enjoy every page.

Reviewed by Stacey

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4 Responses

  1. Emma Mane says:

    Brings back memories of being a child. Lovely review.

  2. Vidya Tiru says:

    this sounds like something i should read 🙂