This unashamed visual feast celebrates the best designed and illustrated picturebooks from around the world over the past one hundred years. Each book is a creation of genius and inventiveness, and their design and illustration represent such diverse trends as the Russian Constructivists, Italian Futurists, and Postwar Neo-romantics. They are also mirrors of their times reflecting social concerns from a child's and family's perspectives throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first century. Fearlessly confronting the frontiers between a child's picturebook and art, this is a collection of books that anyone with an interest in design, illustration, or simply children's literature should know about.
Martin Salisbury is Professor of Illustration at Cambridge School of Art in Anglia Ruskin University, where he designed and leads the UK's first Masters programme in children's book illustration. Among his books on the subject are Play Pen: New Children's Book Illustration (2007) and Children's Picturebooks (2011).