Wonderful accidents

Field, Hannah (2013) Wonderful accidents. Oxonian Review of Books . ISSN 1756-3909

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Everyone’s a critic. While I found Quentin Blake’s pen-and-ink and monochrome wash illustration of Willy Wonka charming—a blend of manic whimsy and wild-eyed threat which is just right for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)—a fellow gallery-goer at the exhibition ‘Picture This: Children’s Illustrated Classics’, currently on show in the Folio Society Gallery at the British Library, loudly pronounced it ‘something you’d find in the New Yorker magazine, not a children’s book’. It is a remark that reflects the proprietorial feelings which children’s literature often induces (not to mention the sense that even if not everyone could write or illustrate a children’s book, then anyone can assess the merits of one).

Keywords:Children's books, Exhibitions, British Library, Folio Society
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q323 English Literature by topic
W Creative Arts and Design > W220 Illustration
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:12838
Deposited On:05 Jan 2014 18:44

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