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Edward Ardizzone was born in 1900. His family moved to Ipswich in 1905 and lived there until Ardizzone was fourteen. It was in Ipswich, as he later wrote, that he "...learnt to know and love the little coastal steamers that I have drawn so often in the Tim books."
Ardizzone illustrated more than 170 books and his outstanding work in the field of children's book illustration was recognised when he won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1956. The adventures of Tim are firm favourites with readers, young and old, throughout the world.
He lived in Maida Vale in London for most of his life, but was away for the whole war, working as an official War Artist.
Edward Ardizzone was a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and was appointed CBE in 1971.
First published in 1936, this must be one of the most beautiful picturebooks ever produced. Little Tim lives in a house by the sea but wants to be sailor, so he stows away on a steamer. Discovered, he’s put to work and soon finds his place with the crew. When the ship is wrecked in a storm, Tim is trapped on the bridge with the captain, plucked to safety at the last minute by the life boat for a joyful reunion with his parents. Ardizzone’s sea drawings, colour and black-and-white, are so vivid you can hear the seagulls, smell the salt air. Little Tim scampers through the scenes with a carefree joy, and his adventure will delight young readers today as much as it ever has. ~ Andrea Reece Scan the QR code at the back of the book for the audio edition, read by Stephen Fry. Tim Bowler was our Guest Editor in 2010 and chose Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain. Here's why: "This is the first book I ever read (age 5) and it started my passion for sea stories. Little Tim stows away on a ship. He makes friends with the captain but then a storm blows up and the ship starts to sink. The crew put off in the lifeboats, leaving only the captain (who refuses to go) and Tim (who's been forgotten). I remember my fear as a small boy when I thought Tim was going to drown. I won't tell you what happens. Read it for yourself. It's a charming book and beautifully illustrated by the author."
Tim returns from a long sea voyage to find that his home is boarded up, a ‘To Let’ sign in the window, and his parents gone. He cries a little, but resourceful as ever, sets off to find them. Knowing they will be near the sea, he signs on as a cabin boy to search up and down the coast. His odyssey involves him in all sorts of adventures, until he’s shipwrecked one the beach by a small seaside town where he at last finds his mother. Young readers will be fascinated by Tim’s adventures and love the vicarious excitement of his tribulations and happy reunion while Ardizzone’s detailed illustrations are little worlds in themselves. ~ Andrea Reece Scan the QR code at the back of the book for the audio edition, read by Stephen Fry. Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal Chosen by Quentin Blake as one of his favourite stories. Ardizzone’s illustrations may seem a little dated now, but that’s the real joy of this one and the various other Tim stories. It’s a fantastic story that’s also wonderfully satisfying for parent and child alike. It won the Kate Greenaway Award in 1953 and has stood the test of time quite brilliantly. A wonderful story to read aloud.
Little Tim is delighted when Captain McFee offers him the chance to go to sea. Promising his parents he won’t neglect his school books, Tim sets off for another adventure. Ardizzone’s words and illustrations – some colour, some black-and-white – tell a marvellous story of life at sea, from the daily activities to the drama of a storm when Tim saves the life of first ship’s boy, Ginger. There’s a particularly glorious spread which depicts the crew gathered on the deck for an announcement from the captain, flags and clean washing flapping wildly in the breeze. First published in 1949 this classic picture book has lost none of its appeal and Tim’s adventures will continue to entrance young readers. As an added extra, a free QR code allows you to listen to Stephen Fry reading the story. ~ Andrea Reece
Tim and Ginger are cabin boys on the S.S. Royal Fusilier when they find a puppy hiding in one of the lifeboats. They decide to hide it away, because they know Captain Piper doesn’t like dogs. Somehow keeping secrets from their shipmates causes all sorts of problems, and in fact the ship nearly sinks, before Tim and Ginger come clean. All ends well: Towser, as the boys call their dog, and ship’s cat Tiger become friends, and that seems to set the tone right for everyone on board. Ardizzone writes in a clear, perfect prose and his illustrations, black-and-white and colour, dazzle. It’s lovely to see these handsome new editions of these classic stories for children. As an added extra, a free QR code allows you to listen to Stephen Fry reading the story. ~ Andrea Reece
Stephen Fry’s glorious readings add a new dimension to Edward Ardizzone’s classic stories about Tim. Classics in their own right but now made even more compelling by Stephen Fry this books/CD set are essential for the nursery bookshelf. Tim is an ordinary small boy whose love of the sea causes him to have remarkable adventures. In each of these six handsome large format titles superbly illustrated by Edward Ardizzone, Tim shows his courage when facing difficult circumstances. By using his intelligence he resolves problems often showing greater presence of mind and resourcefulness than the adults. The six titles in this bumper book and CD set include Little Tim and the Brave sea captain, Tim all Alone and Tim in Danger. Click here to listen to Stephen Fry reading from 'Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain'.
Perfectly formed this is a classic wordless picture book set long ago but which nonetheless sums up the kind of bad day that can happen to anyone at anytime and the similarly timeless loving resolution of it. In a lovely picture with him squeezed between the bed and the wall Johnny actually gets out of bed on the wrong side…Arriving downstairs crumpled and dirty, his mother gives him a brisk cleaning up which doesn’t improve his mood. He then knocks over the jug, pulls his sister’s hair, gets sent to his room, gets shouted at by his father and runs away…Fittingly but with no unnecessary explanation, all ends well. Click here to see Mrs Cockle's Cat by Philippa Pearce, another essential Jane Nissen read
Ginger scoffs at danger and sets out to sea sure that he won’t come to harm. When he fails to return, Tim sets out to find him. Soon both boys are at the mercy of the sea. A welcome return to a classic adventure story of two boys going it alone, getting into danger and coming back triumphant.
Edward Ardizzone’s classic picture books about Tim deserve to be made freshly available to every new generation. This handsome edition does exactly that. When Tim rescues Charlotte from the sea after she’s been washed overboard while on a trip with her aunt, a series of exciting adventures begin. A wonderful story about friendship and the pleasure of play.
Chosen by Quentin Blake. Ardizzone’s illustrations may seem a little dated now, but that’s the real joy of this one and the various other Tim stories. It’s a fantastic story that’s also wonderfully satisfying for parent and child alike. It won the Kate Greenaway Award in 1953 and has stood the test of time quite brilliantly. A wonderful story to read aloud.
Tim Bowler, February 2010 Guest Editor, chose Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain. Here's why: "This is the first book I ever read (age 5) and it started my passion for sea stories. Little Tim stows away on a ship. He makes friends with the captain but then a storm blows up and the ship starts to sink. The crew put off in the lifeboats, leaving only the captain (who refuses to go) and Tim (who's been forgotten). I remember my fear as a small boy when I thought Tim was going to drown. I won't tell you what happens. Read it for yourself. It's a charming book and beautifully illustrated by the author."
This classic and touching tale by Edward Ardizzone is brought back into print in 2016. One day, Johnny gets out on the wrong side of the bed. His day starts badly and gets worse from there - until he finds a sixpence and decides to turn things around. This wordless story, told only by Ardizzone's trademark cross-hatched illustrations, is a heartwarming story about the very familiar feeling of nothing going your way.
The Little Girl and the Tiny Doll by Aingelda Ardizzone and illustrated by Edward Ardizzone has been delighting generations of children. There was once a tiny doll who belonged to a girl who did not care for dolls. One day when the little girl was shopping in the supermarket with her mother, she threw the tiny doll into a deep freeze. So the tiny doll had to stay there, cold and lonely, and frightened by people shuffling all the food round her. But someone came along who felt sorry for her, and thought of ways to make her happier, so the tiny doll began to smile again. Reissued in 'A Puffin Book' series of Puffin modern classics, this simple story with charming black and white drawings by Edward Ardizzone is a perfect book for young children.
Little Tim's adventures at sea have delighted generations of children ever since the first book was published in 1936. In this Kate Greenaway winning title, Tim arrives home after a long holiday to find his parents have vanished. He is determined to search the whole wide world, if necessary, to find them, and sets out on a journey filled with sea-faring adventure.
Sarah and Simon live with their father and mother and their baby brother in a big room called a studio. Their father is an artist, and he is busy painting his masterpiece. When it is finished, they will become rich and famous, but in the meantime they are poor, yet very happy. Then one day their father runs out of red paint - and there is no money to buy any more. So Sarah and Simon set out to find some...Edward Ardizzone (1900-79), the acclaimed master of children's book illustration, brings all his skills to bear in this classic and endearing tale, which has been unavailable for over forty years.
Some of the saltiest and most satisfying picture books created during the last generation. - Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are Tim has the sort of adventures that every child needs, unshakably rooted in the real world, but unhampered by interference from anxious adults. His stirring but comforting maritime experiences are those a child might dream of - full of storms, shipwrecks and fascinating knots. He deals doggedly with dangers, never stints on chores below deck and always gets home after the voyage. - 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up This is pure escapism and it is refreshing to find a book of such quality surviving and succeeding through generations of readers but still being published today amongst the buzz and fizz of novelty books. www.writeaway.org.uk The combination of exciting action, vivid characters and fabulously detailed illustrations still make the Little Tim series enthralling. - The Ultimate First Book Guide
Ginger pays no heed to the advice of the old boatman about dangerous tides. When he goes shrimping, he soons gets into trouble. Tim bravely rows a small boat out to sea to find his friend, but danger looms ahead!