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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: 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

Originally published as part of Kipling's famous The Jungle Book, the story of Rikki Tikki Tavi, the little mongoose rescued by a family when he was half-drowned in a storm, has been an enduring favourite with young and old for more than half a century. Rikki, of course, grows to become a family pet and repays the kindness of his rescuers by defending them from the evil cobras that lurk in their garden. Like Kipling's other magical tales from India, Rikki Tikki Tavi has inspired Robert Ingpen to achieve some of his most amazing depictions of wildlife. Rikki and the other creatures are brought to life as never before although, as Robert says 'I have tried to tread as lightly as I can with my images and hope I have left enough space for the reader to continue to make the adventure that Kipling created during his time in India.' This new edition of Kipling's classic story includes many new illustrations by Robert Ingpen created especially for this book.

A Christmas Carol (Picture Hardback) Abridged Edition for Younger Readers

A Christmas Carol (Picture Hardback) Abridged Edition for Younger Readers

Author: Charles Dickens Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

This timeless Charles Dickens classic has been a family favourite sever sinceit 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' uplifting, magical tale of Christmas spirits transforming the life of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is wonderfully illustrated by award-winning artist Robert Ingpen.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

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

When spoiled rich girl, Mary Lennox, is orphaned, she is shipped from India to live in her uncle's enormous manor in faraway England. The lonely girl is forbidden to play in most of the imposing house - struggling to adjust to her new surroundings, she goes out into the grounds every day. Before long, Mary finds a key to a secret garden that has been left untouched for ten years, and a whole new world of enchantment opens up to her. For the first time she learns to make friends - with the talented animal-charmer, Dickon, and her sickly cousin, Colin, who has been hidden away behind closed doors - and between them, the three children truly flourish as the garden reveals its haunting secrets. First published in 1911, Frances Hodgson Burnett's story is one of the best-loved children's books of the early twentieth century. This beautiful new edition brings together the complete and unabridged text with over seventy evocative illustrations and botanical studies by the award-winning artist Robert Ingpen.

The Wind in The Willows (Picture Hardback) Abridged Edition for Younger Readers

The Wind in The Willows (Picture Hardback) Abridged Edition for Younger Readers

Author: Kenneth Grahame Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. When the Mole leaves his spring-cleaning and heads up into the open air, he embarks on a series of exhilarating adventures with his new friends: the laid-back Ratty, the gruff yet kindly Badger and the self-satisfied, irrepressible Mr. Toad. The impulsive Toad leads the friends from one escapade to the next - from upturned gypsy caravans to stolen motorcars, a daring prison escape and, finally, to a heroic confrontation with the sinister inhabitants of the Wild Wood. This timeless tale has never been out of print and is one of the best-loved children's titles in English literature. Kenneth Grahame's wonderful imagination and quiet humour continue to charm children and adults alike.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

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

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.

Peter Pan and Wendy (Picture Hardback) Abridged Edition for Younger Readers

Peter Pan and Wendy (Picture Hardback) Abridged Edition for Younger Readers

Author: J.M. Barrie Illustrator: Robert Ingpen Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

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.

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

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

Kenneth Grahame's classic tale was first published in 1908, and children and adults alike fell in love with the timid Mole, the friendly Water Rat, the erudite Badger, the mischievous Toad, and a host of other unforgettable creatures. The quiet life they lead on the banks of the River Thames is interspersed with adventures, normally instigated by Toad, who has a propensity for trouble, and whose sudden and all-consuming passion for motor cars eventually results in his being kept 'a helpless prisoner in the remotest dungeon of the best-guarded keep of the stoutest castle in all the length and breadth of Merry England.' His escape dressed as a washerwoman and his journey home to Toad Hall are among the most familiar and best-loved escapades in children's literature. Over the years, the animals' adventures have been brought to life by many artists, including E. H. Shepard, who illustrated the original edition, and Arthur Rackham. This magnificent new edition brings the story to life with more than 70 new illustrations by award-winning artist Robert Ingpen, so fans of all ages can relive - or enjoy for the first time - this heart-warming tale.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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

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. Its curious effect of half-dream, half-nightmare instantly captured the imagination of both children and adults, and it has been a favourite 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, as have many of Carroll's verses. Throughout the century and a half since its first publication, Alice's story has been illustrated in many editions. This anniversary edition, published in November 2015, brings together the complete and unabridged text with more than 70 stunning illustrations by Robert Ingpen, each reflecting his unique style and extraordinary imagination in visualising this enchanting story.

Peter Pan and Wendy

Peter Pan and Wendy

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

'All children, except one, grow up.' Robert Ingpen's beautiful illustrations breathe new life into this most famous of modern fairy stories. This classic tale of a boy who wouldn't grow up has retained its popularity since publication, first as a play and then as a novel in 1911. Following his death in 1937, J.M. Barrie left his royalties in perpetuity to Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and this magnificent edition was published to commemorate the centenary of first publication and to continue as a fundraiser. Robert first attempted illustrating this classic when he was only seven years old and, remarkably, still has his early drawings. The mature work demonstrated in this, his first classic of the series, captivates the reader as they embark upon the astonishing adventures of Peter Pan and Wendy, the Lost Boys, the mischievous fairy Tinkerbell and the notorious Captain Hook.

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

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

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.

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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