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Picture This: Children's Illustrated Classics Exhibition at British Library

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Children's Illustrated Classics
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The magic created in a children's book is as much due to the pictures as it is the story. Pictures not only make books look less intimidating, by breaking up blocks of text, but also help children imagine the scene. The importance of pictures and their overwhelming impact is easily demonstrated by the fact that many illustrators are just as famous at the authors themselves.

Forming a relationship between an author and illustrator can be very beneficial, as the two can become synonymous with one another. Just look at Roald Dhal and Quentin Blake, and I don't think anyone imagines Lewis Carroll's Alice in any form other than the one represented by John Tenniel's original drawings.

As part of a study into the illustrated world of children's literature, the British Museum is running Picture This, a free exhibition that explores ten classic children's books from the twentieth century. Whether you want to introduce your children to some of the best literature around, or simply take a walk down nostalgia lane, you'll discover how illustrators interpret what authors have written on the page, and translate it into a visual adventure.

Revisit classics such as J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and Wendy, the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, Roald Dhal's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the Paddington Bear series by Michael Bond.

For 7.50 each, you can also book seats for a seminar about ideology in children's books, and meet a panel of authors as they discuss their favourite childhood book. Children will be able to participated in some fun free workshops too. They can help build a giant Peter Pan installation and dress up as their favourite character for a chance to win a prize.
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Why? Fun for families
When: Until 26th Jan 2014
Phone: 44 (0)1937 546546
Where: British Library
Cost: Free - 7.50
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