Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


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.

The Selfish Giant (A Michael Neugebauer book)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   THE WIZARD OF OZ, by Frank L. Baum

Aesop's Fables    AESOP'S FABLES

A Christmas Carol    A CHRISTMAS CAROL, by Charles Dickens

The Little Mermaid     THE LITTLE MERMAID, by H. C. Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen's Fairytales    HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN FAIRY TALES

The Gift Of The Magi (Aladdin Picture Books)    THE GIFT OF THE MAGI, by O. Henry

How the Camel Got His Hump   HOW THE CAMEL GOT HIS HUMP, by Kipling

Thumbeline   THUMBELINE, by H. C.  Andersen

Little Red-Cap   LITTLE RED CAP, by Grimm Brothers


  1. Oh, H. C. Anderson. Gotta love him! And Zwerger's drawings are such a beautiful compliment to them...

  2. Her illustrations in his collected fairy tales are A-mazing!!!

  3. I am absolutely in love with her art. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I own all of Lisbeth's books that have been published in English, including the two newest: "The Pied Piper of Hamelin," and The Eric Carle Museum's retrospective catalog (it's a full-size, gorgeous book), "Lisbeth Zwerger: The World of Imagination." She NEVER ceases to amaze, delight and inspire!!

  5. What a lovely blog,what is better than sharing a beautiful book. Lisbeth was a favourite the moment I saw her work .