Illustrations are NOT just for children!

There is a movement right now of novels being turned into graphic novels, and I would like to tip my hat to those who create illustrated novels.

I am a huge, huge fan of picture books for adults, if it was good enough for Dickens then it's good enough for me! Ok, I'm not sure what I mean by that besides the fact that I get all mooshy for an illustrated novel. There are some excellent ones out there, and here is a list of a few of my favorites:

  • The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers: This man has written three of my very favorite books ever! All take place on the planet of Zamonia which is filled with anthropomorphized critters, creatures and people. Nearly an illustration on every page that just begs to be poured over, pondered and appreciated.
  • The Sensualist by Barbara Hodgson: This is such a strange novel. Filled with beautiful anatomical woodcuts and surreal collages, the story follows Helen Martin down the rabbit hole as it were. Haunting.
  • Edward Gorey, anything illustrated by this maniac is worth a perusal, from the Shrinking of Treehorn to the Curious Sofa! The illustrations are familiar and uncanny, filled with detail yet apparently simple. Pick a Gorey up and get hooked.

 Do you have any favorite illustrated novels?

Written by Emily on May 19, 2011


Bobbi on May 20, 2011


Yes, I do have one illustrated novel in mind, but perhaps it's considered more like a pop-up book for adults? Or toy and moveable books for adults? It's a series of novels by Nick Bantock, the Griffin Moss and Sabine Strohem books. These books are stories told using handmade postcards and artistic letters, correspondence between a man and woman who never met...Lovely to look at, and a little bit like peeking in someone else's mail.

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