More from Lisbeth Zwerger . . .

h1 November 19th, 2015 by jules

“‘It is the same thing with you,’ said the Hatter, and here the conversation dropped, and the party sat silent for a minute, while Alice thought over all she could remember about ravens and writing-desks, which wasn’t much.”


Today, I’m following up my Q&A last week with Lisbeth Zwerger—be sure to check out the piece Witch Has Turned Child Into an Apple, created when she was five, because I love it!— with some art from the three following Zwerger books:

  • L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard Oz, for which Lisbeth originally created the illustrations in 1996 but NorthSouth Books is releasing in a new edition this month;
  • Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, for which Lisbeth originally created the illustrations in 2004 but Minedition released in a (mini) new edition last month;
  • and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, for which Lisbeth originally created the illustrations in 1999 but Minedition is also releasing in a mini edition next year.



From The Wizard of Oz:


“A strange thing then happened. The house whirled around two more three times and rose slowly through the air. Dorothy felt as if she were going up in a balloon.”
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“There was a great cornfield beyond the fence, and not far away she saw a Scarecrow, placed high on a pole to keep the birds from the ripe corn.”
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“So they picked up Toto and put the dog in Dorothy’s lap, and then they made a chair with their hands for the seat and their arms for the arms and
carried the sleeping girl between them through the flowers.”

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“Now the Wicked Witch of the West had but one eye,
yet that was as powerful as a telescope and could see everywhere.”

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“Instantly she was whirling through the air, so swiftly that all she could see or feel
was the wind whistling past her ears.”

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From The Little Mermaid:

“The little mermaid loved to hear tales of the human world above,
and made her old grandmother tell her all she knew about it.”

“At night she stood at her window looking up through the dark blue water
where the fish swam.”

“It grew late, but the little mermaid couldn’t take her eyes off the ship
and the handsome prince.”

“‘Is there no way I can win an immortal soul?’ asked the little mermaid sadly.”

“But now the prince was to sail away in a fine ship
and be married to a king’s daughter.”



From Alice in Wonderland:

“Still she went on growing, and, as a last resource, she put one arm out of the window, and one foot up the chimney, and said to herself, ‘Now I can do no more,
whatever happens. What
will become of me?'”

“They very soon came upon a Gryphon, lying fast asleep in the sun.”

“Alice could see, as well as if she were looking over their shoulders,
that all the jurors were writing down ‘stupid things!’ on their slates ….”



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Illustrations from THE WIZARD OF OZ are used by permission of NorthSouth Books.

Illustrations from ALICE IN WONDERLAND and THE LITTLE MERMAID are used by permission of Minedition.

6 comments to “More from Lisbeth Zwerger . . .”

  1. WOW, these images are all so striking!
    I love the artistic qualities of picture books; these are just frameable and make the narratives so much more magical …and kind of spooky, in many cases.

  2. I love these pictures. They are beautiful. I feel like I’m re-reading the books just by looking at the pictures. They really are worth a thousand words.

  3. She truly is an amazing artist! Thank you for the images and interview link – I’m totally inspired for the weekend 🙂

  4. Pictures with wonderful colors, children appear to have special powers, as children sometimes feel that there is something some power helping them flee from trouble. IN a dreadful storm one feels this lifting or feeling of movement… Lovely drawings and color…atk

  5. Is the new Wizard of Oz different from the original aside from the new cover? Are there any new illustrations? I have the original already and debating whether to get the new edition.

  6. […] Martin (2015) 100 Great Children’s Picture Books, London: Laurence King Publishing [pg 156-157] [accessed 23 Sept 2016] […]

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