Randolph Caldecott’s Picture Books



Illustrated by Randolph Caldecott

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the prestigious Caldecott medal on the front of some picture books? It is given out to the best picturebook of the year and is named after the nineteenth century artist Randolph Caldecott. He lived during the lifetime of fellow illustrators such as Beatrix Potter, and her father is said to have bought her some of his illustrations to inspire her artwork as a child 🙂


This thick volume contains nine stories or nursery rhymes illustrated by Randolph Caldecott, most of which are in ink, but with about a fourth of the illustrations as full pages or doublespreads printed in full-colour. The stories and rhymes which Caldecott illustrates are familiar enough and not very deep or thrilling, perhaps, but it is his illustrations which are fun to view, for looking carefully, the reader can see the fun he has in adding another level to the story or rhyme….


Ages 2-10


Available from public libraries


Reviewer: Doreen


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