Hop o’ My Thumb – A Charles Perrault Fairy Tale

Hop o’ My Thumb – A Charles Perrault Fairy Tale

A Boy, an Ogre and a pair of magic boots – this week we bring you the popular tale of Hop O’ My Thumb. It tells the tale of a sparky young boy who endeavours to […]

The Flying Trunk – A Hans Christian Andersen Tale

The Flying Trunk – A Hans Christian Andersen Tale

This week we have the perfect tale for reading on Fireworks Night – The Flying Trunk is a famous story that might just teach you not to play or show-off with fireworks. The story was written by […]

Bluebeard – A French Tale by Charles Perrault

Bluebeard – A French Tale by Charles Perrault

The Blue Beard tale is a dark story of deceit, death, murder, blood and forbidden chambers. Its origins are thought to be traced back to real events and people such as the legend of Gilles de […]

Mad Hatter Day – Ten Mad Hatters by Ten Illustrators

Mad Hatter Day – Ten Mad Hatters by Ten Illustrators

Mad Hatter Madness – Ten Mad Hatters by Ten Different Illustrators Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has been illustrated many, many times since it’s publication 150 years ago and the variety of artistic responses is truly […]

The Story of the Three Bears – An English Fairy Tale from Andrew Lang

The Story of the Three Bears – An English Fairy Tale from Andrew Lang

The Story of the Three Bears is one of the world’s best-known fairy tales. It was originally written by English poet Robert Southey in 1837. This English folktale has been adapted many times over the years but […]

Summer’s Passing

Summer’s Passing

Posted in Autumn, Poems

Summer’s Passing Beautiful autumnal illustration, and one our personal favourites by Jessie Willcox Smith. Taken from Dream Blocks, a wonderful book of children’s verse by A. C. Higgins full of Willcox’s gorgeous watercolours.   Summer’s Passing My […]

Pook Picks – Arthur Rackham’s Top 5 Books

Pook Picks – Arthur Rackham’s Top 5 Books

Posted in Arthur Rackham

Pook Picks – Arthur Rackham’s Top 5 Books Arthur Rackham is one of our all time favourite illustrators here at Pook Press and we wanted to share our top 5 books. It’s a very tricky selection […]

Petrosinella – An Italian Rapunzel Tale

Petrosinella – An Italian Rapunzel Tale

Petrosinella (translating as ‘Little Parsley’) is known as the Italian Rapunzel. It was written by Giambattista Basile (1566-1632), a Neapolitan poet and courtier. It was first published in his collection of Neapolitan fairy tales titled Lo Cunto […]

The Art of Arthur Rackham – 150th Birthday Celebration

The Art of Arthur Rackham – 150th Birthday Celebration

The Art of Arthur Rackham – 150th Birthday Celebration  ‘Like the sundial, my paint box counts no hours but sunny ones’  – Arthur Rackham In celebration of the 150th Birthday of Arthur Rackham we have released […]

The Legacy of Arthur Rackham – Inspiring Hockney and Guillermo del Toro

The Legacy of Arthur Rackham – Inspiring Hockney and Guillermo del Toro

The Legacy of Arthur Rackham’s Work – Inspiring David Hockney and Guillermo del Toro Arthur Rackham, one of the most influential and renowned illustrators of the 19th Century (known as the greatest illustrator of the Edwardian […]

Arthur Rackham’s Aesop’s Fables

Arthur Rackham’s Aesop’s Fables

Arthur Rackham’s Aesop’s Fables Aesop was a slave and storyteller living in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. His book of fables, known as Aesop’s Fables is a wonderful collection of moral tales for children. These […]

The Shipwrecked Man and the Sea – An Aesop Fable

The Shipwrecked Man and the Sea – An Aesop Fable

The Shipwrecked Man and the Sea A shipwrecked man cast up on the beach fell asleep after his struggle with the waves. When he woke up, he bitterly reproached the Sea for its treachery in enticing […]