Friday, July 13, 2012

It's Friday the 13th! What better day to celebrate Winnie the Witch's Birthday!


With Oxford University Press hosting a week of celebrations, it seems fitting to round off Winnie the Witch's birthday week by linking to a rather fantastic Telegraph interview with Winnie's artist, Korky Paul:


It's a great insight into how Winnie the Witch was transformed from a fairly standard A4 'learn to read' series into the picture-book powerhouse that Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul have become legends for. 

The Winnie the Witch books were amongst the first books we reviewed here at ReadItDaddy, and some of the first books that Charlotte fell hopelessly in love with. I think Korky Paul is a bit of a genius artist (pen and ink with paint = my kind of guy!) and of course Valerie Thomas' stories are always engaging, chaotic and funny. 

Happy Birthday Winnie and long may you wave your wand and shout "Abracadabra!"



2 comments :

  1. I love that cat - great illustration.

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  2. WIlbur is secretly my favourite character, he manages to upstage Winnie every time, by doing very little and saying even less (such is the way of the cat!)

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