Friday, July 6, 2012

The Witch Family

American children's author Eleanor Estes (1906-1988) is probably best known for her books Ginger Pye, The Hundred Dresses, and the wonderful Moffats series. In 1960, she created another classic called "The Witch Family", an enchanting tale of witches young and old, and life in a witch school (a highly recommended read for those that still think Harry Potter invented the entire "witch school" craze of young adult fiction.) Also most appealing, are the stunning illustrations throughout the book by Edward Ardizzone, capturing the mood and atmosphere of the tale with cackling fun and spooky perfection!















7 comments:

Drazen said...

I'm a big Ardizzone fan and I don't have this one.
It terrific!!

Little Gothic Horrors said...

Those illustrations are beautiful! Sadly, I had never heard of this author, but perhaps that's because I grew up in Australia and her work is not so well known here. Thank you for the introduction to Eleanor Estes.

Little Gothic Horrors said...

You inspired me! I've just ordered a copy of 'The Witch Family' from Amazon. :)

Karswell said...

Enjoy, LGH! You and Drazen be sure to let me know what you think after you join The Family :)

Mr. Cavin said...

Beautiful.

Mykal Banta said...

Simply astonishing. What an amazing draftsman. What a feeling for gesture and anatomy she had. And, as you say, mood.

Jerry Gonzalez said...

Cool kid's book. Think I'm gonna get a copy. Really love the art:)