Monday, June 02, 2014

Eric Carle illustrates All About Arthur

Eric Carle is best known as the author and illustrator of that children's classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar but when I was browsing in the kind of bookshop where there are more books in boxes than on shelves earlier today I came across this charming later offering from Carle, All About Arthur (an absolutely absurd ape). It's an alliterative alphabet book in which each letter is illustrated with a photograph of a 'found' letter and a black and white illustration of one of the many animals Arthur meets. I had it in mind to spell Callum or James or Books but it transpires this copy is so tatty that the A and B page has been torn out: so you are left with just a few of my favourite pages.

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