March 26, 2009
Jill McDonald Puffin Illustrator
I thought it may be interesting to post a couple of my favourite childhood books. The Pirates Tale is right up there in the list!
The story was first featured in The Puffin Post in 1968 and was written by the 5 1/2 year old Janet Aitchison.
In 1970 Penguin reprinted it in its on right, as a Puffin Picture book and they said " It contains all the ingredients that one little girl decided she would like to have in her ideal picture book. We hope you will agree that there have never been pirates so bloodthirsty, so ill-fated, or so charming as these".
Its stunningly simple, and charmingly illustrated by Jill McDonald.
Born in 1926 McDonald became the in house illustrator for The Puffin Club from 1967 till her death in 1982. Her art graced the cover of many a Puffin club annuals and remain as bold and fresh today as they did back in the early Seventies. To see more of Jills work head over to The Puffin Club Archive. Thin Puffin has done a sterling job!
Sadly, my copy of Pirates Tale is missing one page, its written so succinctly that the storyline doesnt suffer. However, I do wonder what the missing pictures looks like!