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    Michael Foreman

    1938 - present day

    Michael Foreman is a British author and illustrator, one of the best-known and most prolific creators of children's books.

    Although many of his books feature luminous watercolours, it is the drawing that he sees as vital: "It's all in the drawing and illustration. It's a question of creating another world, believable in its own right."

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    Year 4 Neptune

    E.H. Shepard

    1879 - 1976

    Ernest Howard Shepard was an English artist and book illustrator. He is known especially for illustrations of the animal characters in The Wind in the Willows and Winnie-the-Pooh. However, just before his active military service in the First World War, he began representing war images in his drawings and cartoons. These often showed a lighter side to the war, showing civilians getting confused, the army getting muddled and the Germans getting out of their depth. After the war, Shepard resumed his career as an illustrator and cartoonist and was soon asked to illustrate some charming verses by A.A. Milne, author of the Winnie the Pooh stories and poems.

    A. A. Milne then introduced Shepard to Kenneth Grahame, who had written The Wind in the Willows some thirty years previously, but had been unable to find an illustrator able to bring his magical creations to life. Shepard went to see Grahame, and wandered along the banks of the Thames near Grahame’s home. Inspired by the landscape , he produced the wonderful drawings, which have never been out of print.

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    Quentin Blake

    1932 - present day

    Sir Quentin Saxby Blake is an English cartoonist, illustrator and children's writer. He is known best for illustrating books written by Roald Dahl.

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