To celebrate Halloween Eve, here are a pair of full-color, dust-jacket illustrations by Robin Jacques, the longtime fairy-tale co-conspirator of Ruth Manning-Sanders.
Up first is 1980's A Book of Spooks and Spectres, featuring a grinning skeleton, bats, a green-haired phantom and the fantastically awesome Owl Head from the the Swiss tale "The Owl." (In that short tale, the spook eats everything a poor farmer has in house and barn. His constant cry: "I AM HUNGRY! GIVE ME TO EAT!")
The back of this dust jacket showcases a spook who has been turned to stone by the Christmas Day sunrise in the Icelandic tale "Dilly-dilly-doh!"
Second up is 1974's A Book of Sorcerers and Spells. This delightfully detailed illustration features containers with bats' tongues and snake venom, a frog (who is probably not actually a frog), an exotic bird, and a trio of wizardly men smiling while cooking something up in a cauldron.
More Robin Jacques posts
- Happy birthday, Robin Jacques
- Robin Jacques illustrations will always cheer you up
- Even these Robin Jacques creations are hooked on books and reading
- Robin Jacques illustrations for "Some Adventures of a Brownie"
- Book cover: "A Book of Wizards"
- Book cover: "Grandad and the Magic Barrel" by Ruth Manning-Sanders