“How sweet to be a Cloud” by A.A. Milne
(Hopefully this still counts as a poem!)
W is for "web," as in Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. Wilbur couldn't hope for a more brilliant, true friend. I wanted to try out a pen and ink illustration with colored ink.
In a mix of blue and black ink, this is Jim Hawkins hiding in the nearly empty apple barrel, overhearing nefarious plans. I really enjoyed reading Treasure Island. It's a great adventure story, although I really wish that the only female character (Jim's mom) didn't faint at the first sign of a pirate.
S is for The Secret Garden by Frances Hodges Burnett. I loved this book and read it more than once as a kid.
R is for "Rat" from The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame, specifically Chapter 9: "Wayfarers All." When I read this book for the first time, I happened to read a copy that didn't have illustrations, and I think this is a novel that definitely benefits from them.
Today's illustration is from The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald. Princess Irene is looking at her starry ceiling, with no idea of the horrible goblins in the caverns beneath her mountain. This novel is pretty much a fairy tale in style and scope. My only issue with it (and it's a small one, probably to be expected from a fairy tale type book) is that all of the forces for good are beautiful while the evil creatures (goblins) are hideous. It makes me wonder what would change in a similar story if the forces for good were hideous on the outside but beautiful on the inside, while the evil characters were pretty to look at but hideous on the inside. I guess that would be the story told from a goblin's point of view...
I'm an aspiring author / illustrator.