Quite often I find myself as drawn to good illustrators as I am to good authors. But in most cases, it's because the illustrator has done such a good job bringing the author's work to life. Such is the case with Lisbeth Zwerger. Her gorgeous artwork is so delicate and ethereal, that it really lends itself perfectly to fairytales. And that is what she mostly illustrates. Lisbeth was born in Vienna, Austria and has been illustrating children's books for 24 years. She received the Hans Christian Andersen medal - the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for children’s literature - in 1990, at the age of thirty-six.
One of my favorite stories that Zwerger has illustrated is THE SELFISH GIANT, by Oscar Wilde. I am lucky enough to have a copy, but unfortunately it is presently out of print and quite expensive. No other version of Wilde's tale does the story justice, in my opinon, so it's worth it to search at the library for this particular one.
More books illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger that are available at your local library - or click on the picture to see how much from AMAZON:
THE WIZARD OF OZ, by Frank L. Baum
A CHRISTMAS CAROL, by Charles Dickens
THE LITTLE MERMAID, by H. C. Andersen
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN FAIRY TALES
THE GIFT OF THE MAGI, by O. Henry
HOW THE CAMEL GOT HIS HUMP, by Kipling
THUMBELINE, by H. C. Andersen
LITTLE RED CAP, by Grimm Brothers