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Friday 4 November 2016

Review: Wonderlands: The Illustration Art of Robert Ingpen

I recently had the great pleasure of hearing Robert Ingpen speak at the National Library of Australia, and it was a true life moment. His wisdom, creativity and authenticity was palpable--and hearing about his creative processes, a glorious thing.

Robert was in town celebrating both his 80th birthday and the release of this stunning new book from National Library Publishing--Wonderlands: The Illustration Art of Robert Ingpen.

Although this beautifully-produced book has been created for adults, its core is in children's book illustration, and its imagery is certainly something kids can appreciate and even fall into, like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole.
Opening with an introduction by Elizabeth Hammill, writer, editor and co-founder of Britain's National Centre for Children's Books, the book is then divided into four main sections: Finding Wonderlands in:
  • Australia
  • Classic Stories
  • Magic and Dreaming
  • Nature

Rounding out the 176-page book is a Chronology and biography.

Wonderlands is a glorious celebration of the life and career of this astonishing artist, illustrator and storyteller. Pieced together as a divine visual journey, it includes Robert's very own notations, memories, stories and recollections behind his extraordinary and varied books and other works.

The book includes breathtaking illustrations from books such as Looking for Clancy, The Voyage of the Poppykettle, The Idle Teddy Bear, Click Go the Shears, and a veritable treasure trove of classic titles like Treasure Island, Pinocchio, The Wind in the Willows, Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz.

This is a goosebumping and truly divine production that will delight people of all ages. As Elizabeth Hammill's introduction states, '...Robert Ingpen is a keeper of the imagination...'

Absolutely, and yes indeed. Don't miss this memorable, collectible book.

Title: Wonderlands: The Illustration Art of Robert Ingpen
Author/Illustrator: Robert Ingpen
Publisher: National Library Publishing, $34.99
Publication Date: 1 October 2016
Format: Hard cover with dust jacket
ISBN: 9780642278975
For ages: 10+
Type: Compendium