Friday, November 28, 2014

Raymond Briggs, Judith Kerr and other children’s books stars add to most famous books for charity

Writers and illustrators annotate first editions of best-loved books in fundraiser for Quentin Blake’s charity the House of Illustration
In pictures: Authors’ annotations of favourite books
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
Rare insight … Oliver Jeffers’s annotation of Lost and Found
Raymond Briggs mourns how his image of a melted snowman turned out, Judith Kerr nixes Michael Rosen’s belief that her tea-drinking tiger was drawn from her subconscious fear of the Gestapo and Quentin Blake provides a new sketch of Charlie Bucket digging into a chunk of vanilla fudge in a unique auction of annotated first editions set to take place next month.

Blake’s charity the House of Illustration, which uses illustration to help develop literacy, creativity and communication, asked the illustrators of 38 modern classics, from Anthony Browne’s Gorilla to Lauren Child’s Charlie and Lola and Helen Oxenbury’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, to revisit their most famous works, annotating the children’s stories with drawings, thoughts and memories. Sotheby’s will auction the books on 8 December, with all proceeds to go to the House of Illustration.

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