Back in my childhood, I read and re-read collections of fairy tales. Sometimes these books were given as gifts and I still have them with me today.
The artist, Libico Maraja (1912- 1983) illustrated a number of fine books. The work below is from a version of The Wizard of Oz. This edition is dated 1958 and published in Australia by Golden Press, Sydney.
I loved then, as I do now, that Maraja's illustrations are well drawn with a straight-forward approach to the subject. He does not cute-ify his images, so in my mind as a child, they were totally believable.
I'll show more great illustrations from my books in the next few months.