Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Still scruffy? Just William gets a revamp

Richmal Crompton’s young antihero will be reimagined, after illustrators including Lauren Child and Michael Foreman provide new covers

New Just William covers
New Just William covers, illustrated by Michael Foreman, Chris Riddell and Rebecca Cobb. Photograph: Macmillan Children's Books
William Brown, the eternally scruffy-haired, muddy-booted 11-year-old immortalised by Richmal Crompton in her Just William books, is being reimagined this summer in an attempt to draw a new generation of readers into his adventures and scrapes.

First published in the 1920s, Crompton’s home counties-set tales of William, his dog and his gang of Outlaws include Julia Donaldson, Jacqueline Wilson and Frank Cottrell Boyce among their fans. Publisher Macmillan has now asked a range of well-known illustrators including Charlie and Lola creator Lauren Child, Michael Foreman, Liz Pichon and Chris Riddell to come up with their own version of William.


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