A girl sits in a dusty room, crammed to the rafters with books. Sunlight dances on the covers, between which are stories of magical worlds and faraway places, lands of princesses, kings, giants, and real children too. Eleanor Farjeon was that girl, who was so enchanted by her little bookroom that she recreated it by writing this wonderful collection of short stories. This charming book was the winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal and is beautifully illustrated throughout by Edward Ardizzone, whose exquisite pictures immediately bring to mind the magical atmosphere of the stories
Eleanor Farjeon was born in London in 1881. Her first book Nursery Rhymes of London Town was published in 1916, and she went on to write over 60 books for children, including many collections of verse. As well as the Hans Christian Andersen International Medal and the Carnegie Medal which she was awarded for The Little Bookroom, Eleanor Farjeon was also award the Regina Medal in 1959 for her complete works. Eleanor Farjeon died in 1965. Edward Ardizzone was born in 1900. After leaving school he worked as a clerk in the City of London and studied life-drawing in the evenings. In 1936 Edward Ardizzone made an illustrated story of a book he had made up for his children, Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain. A much-loved artist, Ardizzone went on to illustrate more than 170 books and was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1956 and the CBE in 1971. Edward Ardizzone died in 1979.