Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I have been reading a lot of children's books lately, and I think my favorite so far is The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde. The story is absolutely wonderful, about an American family that moves into a mansion in England that has been haunted by a ghost for generations. In the past, whenever the ghost was spotted, a death occurred soon afterwards. As soon as the Otis family moved in, however, the ghost was unable to haunt them in the way he was used to, for they refused to be frightened of him. On the contrary, the ghost began to be afraid of them, especially the Otis twins, who would mercilessly play tricks him and interrupt his ghostly duties. It's a wonderful story, if you haven't read it, do! The illustrations are beautiful, done by artist Lisbeth Zwerger, of whom I am now a huge fan. Her compositions are very classic and simple, line drawings and watercolor. She uses a lot of greys, which give the work a certain aged, romantic quality that goes along with the story perfectly. I am going to be on the lookout for more of her illustrations, definitely.