Mad Hatter Day – 10 Mad Hatters for Alice in Wonderland Lovers

Mad Hatter Day – 10 Mad Hatters for Alice in Wonderland Lovers

In celebration of Mad Hatter Day, we have compiled our favourite 10 Mad Hatter Illustrations from the collection in our book shop. Since its first publication over 150 years ago, Alice in Wonderland has been illustrated […]

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 […]

Catskin – An English Cinderella Tale

Catskin – An English Cinderella Tale

Catskin is an English Cinderella tale collected by Joesph Jacobs from his book More English Fairy Tales. It is identified as a Cinderella tale as it shares the ‘persecuted heroine’ theme. It tells the tale of a young […]

Mr and Mrs Vinegar – An English Fairy Tale

Mr and Mrs Vinegar – An English Fairy Tale

Mr and Mrs Vinegar is an old English fairy tale taken from Flora Annie Steel’s English Fairy Tales.  This wonderful book, originally published in 1922, is illustrated by Arthur Rackham.  This story tells a tale of married […]

Arthur Rackham’s Cinderella Silhouettes

Arthur Rackham’s Cinderella Silhouettes

Arthur Rackham’s Cinderella Silhouettes Arthur Rackham is one of the most celebrated painters of the British Golden Age of Illustration. Advances in printing and photographic techniques meant he revolutionised modern illustrated books of the time. His […]