Edward Ardizzone

Author & Illustrator

About Edward Ardizzone

Edward Ardizzone was born in 1900 and brought up in Suffolk. As a young boy he was fascinated by the vibrancy of the small Suffolk ports such as Ipswich, then frequented by the coastal steamers that travelled from port to port, which later became his inspiration for his Little Tim series. He was appointed official war artist in 1940 by Sir Kenneth Clark, director of the National Gallery, London, 1933-1945. Between 1929 and his death in 1979 Ardizzone illustrated a large number of books, including Graham Greene’s The Little Train series, and wrote and illustrated many more including the well-loved Little Tim series, and with his cousin Christianna Brand, created Nurse Matilda, later familiar to many as Nanny McPhee.

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National Horse Day (US)
The Little Horse Bus by Graham Greene and Edward Ardizzone from Red Fox is brilliant!
9 months ago
International Children's Book Day
Today is the day to read this brilliant book (not that you needed an excuse!), Tim in Danger by Edward Ardizzone from Frances Lincoln Children's Books.
2 years ago
International Children's Book Day
Today is the day to read this brilliant book (not that you needed an excuse!), The Otterbury Incident by C. Day Lewis from Puffin.
2 years ago
International Children's Book Day
A classic story to celebrate International Children's Book Day, Diana and Her Rhinoceros by Edward Ardizzone from Frances Lincoln Children's Books.
2 years ago
International Children's Book Day
A classic story to celebrate International Children's Book Day, The Little Steamroller by Graham Greene from Jonathan Cape.
2 years ago
International Children's Book Day
A classic story to celebrate International Children's Book Day, The Little Steamroller by Graham Greene from Red Fox.
2 years ago
International Children's Book Day
A classic story to celebrate International Children's Book Day, The Wrong Side of the Bed by Edward Ardizzone from Puffin.
2 years ago
International Children's Book Day
A classic story to celebrate International Children's Book Day, Tim's Friend Towser by Edward Ardizzone from Frances Lincoln Children's Books.
2 years ago