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Edward Ardizzone was born in 1900 and brought up in Suffolk. As a young boy he was fascinated by the vibrancy of the small Suffolk ports such as Ipswich, then frequented by the coastal steamers that travelled from port to port, which later became his inspiration for his Little Tim series. He was appointed official war artist in 1940 by Sir Kenneth Clark, director of the National Gallery, London, 1933-1945. Between 1929 and his death in 1979 Ardizzone illustrated a large number of books, including Graham Greene’s The Little Train series, and wrote and illustrated many more including the well-loved Little Tim series, and with his cousin Christianna Brand, created Nurse Matilda, later familiar to many as Nanny McPhee.

Books by Edward Ardizzone

The Wrong Side Of The Bed
The Little Horse Bus
The Little Fire Engine
Stig Of The Dump
The Little Train
The Little Steamroller
Kaleidoscope
Jim at the Corner
The Stig Of The Dump
The Little Girl And The Tiny Doll