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Robert Ingpen - Illustrator

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Robert Ingpen was our Illustrator of the Month in November 2011. Click here to find out more.

Robert Ingpen, born in 1936, is one of Australia’s most successful illustrators and has designed, illustrated and written over 100 published books. He was born in Geelong, Australia, and still works not far away in his studio in Barwon Heads. He studied illustration art and book design at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. In 1958, Robert was appointed by the CSIRO as an artist to interpret and communicate the results of scientific research. From 1968, Robert worked as a freelance designer, illustrator and author. In 1986 he was awarded the Hans Christian Anderson Medal for his contribution to children’s literature and he has been honoured with Membership of the Order of Australia. Ingpen’s works include illustrated editions of Peter Pan and Wendy, Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, The Wind in the Willows, A Christmas Carol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Secret Garden, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Around the World in Eighty Days.

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The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Author: Rudyard Kipling Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/11/2021

'I still marvel at the inventiveness of Rudyard Kipling ... The characters come to life at the hand of Ingpen - just as my mother's voice brought them to life when she read them to me.' Michael Morpurgo From the moment a little naked cub wanders into the lair of Father Wolf and Mother Wolf to the moment when the master of the jungle returns to his own people, Mowgli's adventures comprise a fable of human life. Along with these stories are other animal tales. This is a magnificent new edition of the best-loved story featuring over 80 beautiful illustrations by award-winning Australian illustrator Robert Ingpen. Simply and beautifully written, The Jungle Book remains a classic work of children's literature. The story of Mowgli, the man-cub who is brought up by wolves in the jungles of India is one of the greatest literary myths ever created. A rich and complex fable of animal and human life, Kipling's enduring classic dazzles the imagination with its astonishing descriptive powers and lively sense of adventure.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2021

This classic seasonal tale of self-discovery has become one of Charles Dickens's most famous and best-loved works. On Christmas Eve, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, who warns him that he will be visited by three spirits. During the night, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come show Scrooge the scenes of his youth, the poverty-stricken Christmas currently being endured by his loyal clerk Bob Cratchitt and his crippled son Tiny Tim - and the lonely future that awaits him if he continues in his grasping ways. He awakes on Christmas morning chastened by his nocturnal experiences, and resolves to be a better man. This volume also includes Dickens's short story, A Christmas Tree, with its evocative description of the delights of the season, which provides perfect fireside reading once the gifts are unwrapped. With stunning, atmospheric illustrations that evoke Dickensian London at Christmas time, award-winning artist Robert Ingpen has worked his wonders on this timeless tale.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Author: L. Frank Baum Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/09/2021

The tale of Dorothy, and her dog Toto, who are carried away by a tornado to the Land of Oz, is one of the best loved stories in children's literature. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a bestseller on publication in 1900, and its popularity was further enhanced with the celebrated MGM movie in 1939 that made Judy Garland a star. On her journey to the Emerald City to seek out the mysterious Wizard and find a way back home, Dorothy encounters many endearing characters of whom the triumvirate of the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion prove lasting comrades. This new edition follows these wonderful characters along the yellow brick road and, as Robert Ingpen says, he 'had the privilege of drawing Baum's 'Oz' characters and their adventures to be as near to 'real' as I have always wanted them to be.' The journey from cyclone-stricken Kansas to Oz and back again is portrayed in fabulous colours and particularly emerald green. This is The Wizard of Oz brilliantly depicted by the Wizard of Aus.

Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

Author: Daniel Defoe Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2021

A new illustrated gift edition of a beloved classic. Young and impulsive, Robinson Crusoe defies the advice of his parents and runs away to sea. He is plagued by misfortune at every turn; his first ship sinks in a violent storm, his friend and mentor dies, then he is captured by Turkish pirates and made a slave in the Moorish port of Sallee. Through all these hardships, Crusoe's determination and resourcefulness fills him with hope for a better life, and fate delivers him the opportunity for freedom, friendship and riches. But it is when he is shipwrecked on a deserted island that he faces his greatest test: not simply to survive but to thrive. The island is filled with beauty and riches of its own kind and here Crusoe is king, but it is blighted by a terrible danger - a hidden horror - that threatens not only Crusoe's encampment but his very life. These adventures, so thrillingly imagined by Defoe, were first published in 1719 and Robinson Crusoe has continued to delight and enthral readers of all ages for three hundred years. This edition has been adapted for children and is masterfully illustrated by Hans Christian Andersen Award-winning artist Robert Ingpen.

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

Author: Jonathan Swift Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2021

A new illustrated gift edition of a beloved classic. Three hundred years ago, a great deal of the world as we now know it was still undiscovered. A voyage in those days was not a pleasant thing, and a traveller was likely to encounter mysterious islands and strange people. Danger lurked around every corner, and friends and foes are to be found unexpectedly, and in equal measure. When Lemuel Gulliver, a ship's surgeon, sets off on the high seas in search of adventure, things never seem to go quite according to plan. Through a series of disasters and misadventures, he finds himself cast upon strange islands whose inhabitants are of the most unusual size, and the most confusing philosophies. Yet Gulliver always seems to make it back to his home country where he recovers from one adventure shortly before setting sail once more and ending up in another one. Gulliver's Travels has been loved by many generations of readers for almost 300 years, and the telling of the misfortunes and pleasures of its eponymous hero is one of Jonathan Swift's most enduring legacies.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/05/2021

'In Treasure Island, Stevenson wrote one of the great books of all time, an enduring masterpiece, and my favourite too. No edition has ever been better illustrated than this. Ingpen's drawings are utterly compelling.' - Michael Morpurgo When an old sea captain arrives at the Admiral Benbow inn with a mysterious sea chest and fearful talk of a man with one leg, the scene is set for one of the most popular adventure stories of all time. Young Jim Hawkins finds a treasure map among the captain's belongings and, accompanied by his friends Doctor Livesey and Squire Trelawney, they set off in search of Captain Flint's buried treasure. They place their trust in the sea cook Long John Silver, little knowing that he is the infamous one-legged man. As they and a crew of pirates set sail for Treasure Island, mutiny breaks out aboard the Hispaniola, and in the following race to find the treasure, Jim and Long John Silver must face each other in a series of exciting battles of both strength and wits. A beautiful gift edition, abridged for younger readers.

Peter Pan and Wendy

Peter Pan and Wendy

Author: J.M. Barrie Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/05/2021

'Then Peter knew that there was not a moment to lose. 'Come,' he cried imperiously, and soared out at once into the night, followed by John and Michael and Wendy.' When Peter Pan flies in through the Darling children's nursery window in search of his shadow, the scene is set for a wonderful tale of adventure and excitement that has captured the imagination of children and adults for more than a century. Leaving their nursery far behind, Wendy and her two brothers join Peter on a journey to the Neverland, a magical place filled with fantastic characters like the Lost Boys, fairies, mermaids, and pirates, including, of course, their notorious leader Captain Hook. With its daring escapades and epic battles, Peter Pan and Wendy captures the spirit of childhood and has become one of the best-loved children's books of all time. A beautiful gift edition, abridged for younger readers.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Author: Lewis Carroll Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/05/2021

'Lewis Carroll, we could say, created the whole of children's literature with these wonderful stories. Placing a child at the centre of a narrative that was entirely free of instruction, entirely devoted to delight, was a stroke of genius. The Alices are the greatest nonsense ever written, and far greater, in my view, than most sense.' - Philip Pullman Lewis Carroll's classic tale began as a story told to a group of children on a boating picnic in 1862 and was first published as Alice's Adventures Under Ground three years later and it has been a favourite with children and adults ever since. Alice's adventures down the rabbit hole, in particular the strange characters she meets there - the constantly grinning Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts - have become world-famous. This edition brings together new abridged text with more than 30 stunning illustrations by Robert Ingpen, each reflecting his unique style and extraordinary imagination in visualising this enchanting story.

Around the World in Eighty Days

Around the World in Eighty Days

Author: Jules Verne Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/05/2021

'A classy edition of a story with enduring appeal. Made me want to go round the world again.' - Michael Palin Around the World in Eighty Days is an evocation of an era when all travel was an adventure - and Jules Verne's tale of a race against the clock has never lost its power to thrill. Set in 1872, Mr Phileas Fogg, a gentleman of precision and predictability, and his manservant, the ever resourceful Passepartout, ride through India on an elephant, sail the South China Sea in the teeth of a typhoon and cross the snow-covered plains of the American Wild West in order to fulfil a wager that the journey can be completed in just eighty days. The acrobatic and inquisitive Passepartout can seldom keep out of trouble. While he is pursued by irate Indian priests, drugged in an opium den, and saving a runaway train, his master's composure is never broken as the hours tick away on his precisely accurate pocket watch. But Phileas Fogg is above all a gentleman, and stopping to save the life of a beautiful young widow may have cost him his fortune. The ill-assorted but determined trio have to use all of their ingenuity and some remarkable vehicles to race back to London to win the wager. Will they make it in time? Robert Ingpen's rich and detailed illustrations perfectly capture the exciting journey.

Just So Stories

Just So Stories

Author: Rudyard Kipling Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/05/2021

'This was the first book I truly loved and I still marvel at the inventiveness of Rudyard Kipling. In this irresistible edition, the characters come to life at the hand of Ingpen - just as my mother's voice brought them to life when she read them to me.' - Michael Morpurgo ''Before the High and Far-Off Times, O my Best Beloved, came the Time of the Very Beginnings...' So commences the series of incredible tales from master storyteller Rudyard Kipling. How did the whale get his throat? Why was the lazy camel lumbered with a hump? And how did the elephant's insatiable curiosity earn him a trunk? Kipling first invented these delightful, warm and humorous stories about the beginning of the world and the first animals in it for his own daughter, Josephine, who tragically died when she was six. Devastated by her loss, Kipling compiled the stories they had shared together into a treasury, which was first published in 1902. Conjuring up distant lands and exotic jungles, the imaginative tales are bewitching for both children and adults. This new edition brings together the complete and unabridged text (including the thirteenth story, The Tabu Tale, which is often excluded from modern publications). Award-winning artist Robert Ingpen has interpreted and enriched the stories with stunning new illustrations that bring an unforgettable cast of extraordinary animal characters to life.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/05/2021

This classic seasonal tale of self-discovery has become one of Charles Dickens's most famous and best-loved works. This timeless Charles Dickens classic has been a family favourite ever since it was first published in 1843. It is retold here in abridged form to allow confident young readers to enjoy it. It is also perfect for reading aloud. As a bedtime story, Dickens's uplifting, magical tale of Christmas spirits transforming the life of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is wonderfully illustrated by award-winning artist Robert Ingpen. A beautiful gift edition, abridged for younger readers.

The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story

The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story

Author: Rudyard Kipling Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/05/2021

'I still marvel at the inventiveness of Rudyard Kipling ... The characters come to life at the hand of Ingpen - just as my mother's voice brought them to life when she read them to me.' Michael Morpurgo From the moment a little naked cub wanders into the lair of Father Wolf and Mother Wolf to the moment when the master of the jungle returns to his own people, Mowgli's adventures comprise a fable of human life. Along with these stories are other animal tales. This is a magnificent new edition of the best-loved story featuring over 50 beautiful illustrations by award-winning Australian illustrator Robert Ingpen. Simply and beautifully written, The Jungle Book remains a classic work of children's literature. The story of Mowgli, the man-cub who is brought up by wolves in the jungles of India is one of the greatest literary myths ever created. A rich and complex fable of animal and human life, Kipling's enduring classic dazzles the imagination with its astonishing descriptive powers and lively sense of adventure. A charming original adaption, for younger readers.

The Adventures of Pinocchio

The Adventures of Pinocchio

Author: Carlo Collodi Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/05/2021

The tale of how the old woodcarver Geppetto made a disobedient puppet boy that could talk, dance and turn somersaults has been a much-loved story since it was first written more than 130 years ago. 'The Adventures of Pinocchio' first appeared in 1881 as a series in a children's newspaper. Since then, readers young and old have delighted in Collodi's fantastic fairy-tale world, in which anything can happen and excitement waits round every corner. The exuberant young scamp Pinocchio ignores the advice of his kindly father and sets off into the world in search of adventure. Along the way he encounters many remarkable characters - including the nefarious Fox and Cat, a wise-talking cricket and a beautiful azure-haired fairy - and lurches from one predicament to another. Happily, by the end of the book, this wilful wooden hero finally learns his lesson and obtains his heart's desire - becoming a real boy. In this handsome new edition, award-winning illustrator Robert Ingpen has captured the rascally Pinocchio and his extraordinary escapades as never before, breathing new excitement into this enchanting classic.

The Jungle Book: Rikki Tikki Tavi (Picture Hardback)

The Jungle Book: Rikki Tikki Tavi (Picture Hardback)

Author: Rudyard Kipling Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/01/2018

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Author: Kenneth Grahame Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2017

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Author: Lewis Carroll Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2017

Peter Pan and Wendy

Peter Pan and Wendy

Author: J.M. Barrie Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2017

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Author: Rudyard Kipling Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2017

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Author: ETA Hoffmann Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/09/2016

It's Christmas eve and Marie and her family are enjoying the seasonal festivities. Drosselmeyer, the clockmaker and inventor, presents them with a nutcracker which Marie becomes very taken with. At the stroke of twelve that night the nutcracker comes alive before Marie's very eyes, and so begins the most wonderful adventure... Join Marie and her dear nutcracker on a journey through the mystical land of the Mouse King and Princess Pirlipat, with themes of magic, love, betrayal and redemption, beautifully captured by Robet Ingpen's exquisite illustrations.

Mustara

Mustara

Author: Rosanne Hawke Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2015

The Secret Garden (Barnes & Noble Collectible Classics: Children's Edition)

The Secret Garden (Barnes & Noble Collectible Classics: Children's Edition)

Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Leather / fine binding Release Date: 01/07/2015

On the grounds of Misselthwaite, her Uncle Archibald's estate near the Yorkshire moors, nine-year-old Mary Lennox finds a walled-in garden that has been locked securely for years. With the help of Dickon Sowerby, a young local boy who can charm animals, Mary cultivates the garden, an experiences that both improves her health and raises her spirits. Ultimately, the secret garden proves beneficial not only to Mary, but to her sickly cousin Colin. Nurtured with love and tenderness, the secret garden proves it has the power to heal the heart. First published in 1911, Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden is a much-loved classic of children's literature. This illustrated edition, with full-colour plates by Charles Robinson, features an elegant bonded-leather binding, a satin-ribbon bookmark, distinctive gilded edging, and decorative endpapers. Decorative, durable, and collectible, it's a book that will be cherished by readers of all ages.

Silent Night Holy Night

Silent Night Holy Night

Author: Werner Thuswaldner Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2014

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

Author: Clement Clarke Moore Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2014

Revel in the thrill and excitement of Christmas eve and Clement C. Moore's timeless poem with this lavish edition of the well-loved classic. Feel the warmth of the house and the tingle of anticipation as Robert Ingpen's award-winning illustrations bring the story of the most magical time of year to life.

If You Wish

If You Wish

Author: Kate Westerlund Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2014

Pinnochio: Templar Classics

Pinnochio: Templar Classics

Author: Carlo Collodi Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2014

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling

Author: Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2013

Lifetimes The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children

Lifetimes The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children

Author: Bryan Mellonie Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/1983

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