This book is a collection of the best known nursery rhymes illustrated by Rackham's obscure, humorous and imaginative color plates and black and white line drawings. Many of the earliest children's books, particularly those dating back to the 1850s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Pook Press are working to republish these classic works in affordable, high quality, color editions, using the original text and artwork so these works can delight another generation of children.
Traditional rhymes and stories have been collected under the wing of Mother Goose for centuries and this collection of favorite nursery rhymes has been put together by the famous illustrator Arthur Rackham. It is a wonderful collection of old favorites from Jack and Jill, Baa, Baa, Black Sheep and Who Killed Cock Robin? to comic alphabets and the fearful fate of Anthony Rowley.
Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) was one of the premier illustrators of the early 20th Century. He illustrated many books, the first of which was published in 1893. His humor, romance and soul made him the leading illustrator of the early twentieth century and his work is to be found in versions of almost every classic from Hansel and Gretel to The Tempest, from The Pied Piper to Peer Gynt. Characteristic of his work are gloomy forests of sinuous trees, nubile fairy maidens, and unsightly ogres and trolls. Throughout his career he developed a very individual style that was to influence a whole generation of children, artists and other illustrators. His haunting humor and dreamlike romance adds to the enchantment and fantasy of children's literature.