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Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Illustrations

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Hello all and welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! This weeks topic was a freebie, I love these types of topics because it lets me think of things I have always wanted to write about. From this week, David will be giving some of his picks for the topics. This weeks topic is Top Ten Books with Illustrations! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted the The Broke and the Bookish.

So without further ado, here is this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, Books with Illustrations.

Lois’ Picks

1) Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Illustrated by Maira Kalman

51dgtouxn6l-_sy344_bo1204203200_I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.

9780316127257-whywebrokeup_zoomMin Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.”

This book has illustrations throughout, all of which can be found at the beginning of chapters. These illustrations help the reader to know what item the next chapter will be about. I really enjoyed that Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman decided to put the illustrations in this way. It tells you as a reader straight away what the items look like that will be spoken about in that chapter. An incredibly well written book with amazing illustrations.

2) The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher and Illustrated by Shane Devries

29367333“The Christmasaurus is a story about a boy named William Trundle, and a dinosaur, the Christmasaurus. It’s about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. It’s about friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer, music and magic. It’s about discovering your heart’s true desire, and learning that the impossible might just be possible.”william-trundle1.jpg

This book also has illustrations throughout. They are placed throughout the book to show the characters and what they are doing in the story. Some of these illustrations are borders to the book page and others are full page illustrations. Having the illustrations throughout the book definitely adds another aspect to the book and really gives the reader a unique reading experience.  The illustrations in this book will definitely catch a Childs attention as well as an adults.

3) Coraline by Neil Gaiman and Illustrated by Chris Riddell 

5168ncdzosl-_sx322_bo1204203200_“There is something strange about Coraline’s new home. It’s not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. It’s the other house – the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back.”fa474927e699b4eff1a355b1e7d047f8

This books illustrations are at the beginning of each chapter. Some of which are incredibly creepy in my opinion. But that is not a bad thing at all, because that is what the story is about. The story is slightly creepy but fascinating. The illustrations do add another dimension to this book and I am really pleased that the artist Chris Riddell drew the art for this book because I am a big fan of his work.

4) A Series of Unfortunate Events Series by Lemony Snicket and Illustrated by Brett Helquist

the_bad_beginning_uk“Dear Reader,

I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune.
In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast.

It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket”

These books have illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. They really add to each chapter of the book I believe. Each illustration is as magnificent as they can be in a book series of so many unfortunate events. Many people know that Lemony Snicket is the pen name for the author Daniel Handler. I thought nothing of this until now, the book I mentioned earlier Why We Broke Up is written by Daniel Handler, the same man who wrote A Series of Unfortunate Events! No wonder I loved them both!

5) The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling and Illustrated by Jim Kay

61JO7x8gk+L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg“When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers, which could be valuable, dangerous – or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!”


There are only two of the Harry Potter books that have been released as illustrated editions at the minute. But the two that have been released are exquisite! If you love the Harry Potter Series you will love these editions. These books have illustrations throughout the pages of the usual Harry Potter storyline. Some of these illustrations are small, some take up one page and other take up a double-page spread. You can tell that each of the illustrations has had an awful lot of time taken to make them look as stunning as they do.

6) The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Illustrated by Helen Crawford-White

27973757.jpgForbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped.

When her closest friend disappears into the island’s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart.

But the world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.”00081721-800x720.jpeg

This book is delightful. Each page has illustrated border that are unique and make the book look incredible. There is also a map of the island in the inside front cover of the book which is incredibly useful when reading the book. This book as a whole is alluring, everything about it, the synopsis, the illustration and the cover made me want to pick it up as soon as I could do.

7) The Nelly the Monster Sitter Series by Kes Gray and Illustrated by Stephen Hanson

51nMMiOPwoL.jpg“Nelly’s monster sitting adventures are always full of surprises. Things just seem to get stickier and stickier when she monster sits for the Ultravores but it doesn’t compare to how lost for words she is at the Rimes. And with even more fighting with Asti to add to the mix, her time with the Wattwatts is shocking to say the least!”Nelly the Monster insides 1.jpg

I read this book series over and over when I was younger. I was fascinated by drawing and book covers when I was younger (not that this has changed) and these books had my attention immediately. I loved the film Monster Inc. when I younger and these were a series of books that added onto my love of monsters. I remember being drawn in by the illustration in these books and I never wanted to but them down.

David’s Picks

8) The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon and Illustrated by Vladimir Stankovich

51bwHWA6RbL.jpgOn a barren seafloor, the pearlfish swims into the safety of a sea cucumber’s anus. To find a meal, the female bolas spider releases pheromones that mimic a female moth, luring male moths into her sticky lasso web. The Glyptapanteles wasp injects a caterpillar with her young, which feed on the victim, erupt out of it, then mind-control the poor (and somehow still living) schmuck into protecting them from predators.

These are among the curious critters of The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar, a jaunt through evolution’s most unbelievable, most ingenious solutions to the problems of everyday life, from trying to get laid to finding food. Join Wired science writer Matt Simon as he introduces you to the creatures that have it figured out, the ones that joust with their mustaches or choke sharks to death with snot, all in a wild struggle to survive and, of course, find true love.”d5f21e40762525-57fcaf510234a

This book contains illustrations throughout the book. At the beginnings of chapters as well as dotted around in each chapter. David was convinced these were real photos with a filter on top of them for a while as did I. Simply because of how extraordinary they look, they are so detailed and look extremely real. They really add to this book because they show the animals and creature that Matt Simon is speaking about in beautiful illustrations. David reviewed this book just last week, find his review here.

9) The Edge Chronicles Series by Paul Stewart and Illustrated by Chris Riddell

edge-chronicles-books-4-1“Fourteen-year-old Quint Verginix is the only remaining son of famous sky-pirate Wind Jackal. He and his father have journeyed to the city of Sanctaphrax – a great floating rock, bound to the ground below by a chain, its inhabitants living with their heads literally in the clouds.

But the city hides a dangerous secret: deep inside the great rock, something horrible lurks. With his father away, Quint may be the only one who can save Sanctaphrax from the dreaded curse of the gloamglozer . . .”d8542e03da12421b21205910887f71b1.jpg

This book series contains an awful lot of illustrations in the 12 books that are in the series. Each book has illustrations throughout that are illustrated by Chris Riddell who is a well known artist and has also illustrated books by Neil Gaiman, such as Coraline, which was mentioned earlier in this list. David read this book series when he was younger and really enjoyed them, so much so that he re-read the entire series a couple of years ago.  The illustrations are stylised pencil sketches which bring the fantasy world to life.

10) The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver and Illustrated by Geoff Taylor

Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness 1).jpeg“Six thousand years ago. Evil stalks the land. Only twelve-year-old Torak and his wolf-cub companion can defeat it. Their journey together takes them through deep forests, across giant glaciers, and into dangers they never imagined.”


This book contains illustrations at the beginning of each chapter along with a map in the inside front cover of each book in the series. David read these books when he was younger and really enjoyed them. This is another series that he re-read just last year whilst we were on holiday together. The illustrations are again beautiful pencil sketches which are incredibly life like and create a primal setting which complements the Stone Age setting of the books.

There you have it, our Top Ten Tuesday, Books with Illustrations! This is the first Top Ten Tuesday that David has joined in on and I am sure that he will be joining in on more in the weeks to come. Let us know in the comments below any books with illustrations you enjoyed and would recommend 

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Until next time, 


9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Illustrations

  1. The illustrated Harry Potter editions are just fantastic, I’ve read “The Chamber of Secrets” only a few weeks ago and liked it even more than the first one. I can’t wait to have all seven illustrated editions on my shelves, especially because the later volumes will be so big! 🙂

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