I – Most Iconic Illustrator – Literary Smackdown #AtoZChallenge 2016

The letter I lends itself to many things, as those who are hopping the AtoZChallenge have no doubt discovered. Today we invite you to tell us which of our choices is the Most Iconic Illustrator. The two we have chosen immediately transport anyone who sees their work to their childhood.

Who will you vote for in Literary Smackdown

  • Quentin Blake
    Sir Quentin Saxby Blake is most famous for his wonderful illistrations for the books of Roald Dahl. His iconic style is instantly recognisable and has me thinking of witches and naughty children and children who are just a little more than they are supposed to be. His illustrations will forever be remembered thanks to programs like Jackonory which are treasured memories for so many children. When you see his work, you know it’s his, so isn’t that worth a vote?


  • E.H.Shepard
    Ernest Howard Shepard is best known for his work on A.A. MIlne’s Winnie-the-Pooh and Kenneth Grahame‘s The Wind in the Willows. His beautiful line drawings of Pooh bear and friends are often some of the earliest memories for children who have been taught to love books. While is style is precise it is also lyrical and evocative. A hero of World War I and a fantastic artist, surely he is worth your vote?

Vote for the Most Iconic Illustrator:

Quentin Blake

E.H. Shepard

Poll Maker


Our Other Blogs

Sophie and Tasha are also sharing duties on one other blog for the AtoZ and they both have their own blogs as well. Visit them to see their exciting themes for this year.

Sophie’s Thoughts and Fumbles | Tasha’s Thinkings


Other People’s Blogs

Now check out all the other blogs by visiting the AtoZChallenge list (I recommend leaving it open in another tab :)).


What is the AtoZChallenge?

For those who don’t know, the AtoZChallenge is a giant blog hop with thousands of blogs taking part. Every day in April, apart from Sundays, these blogs will post using a letter of the alphabet at a prompt, e.g. A on 1st, B on 2nd etc.
It has been running since 2010 and was thought up by the lovely Arlee Bird who put out a challenge and it has grown and grown since. It is a superb way to meet other bloggers and to have a huge amount of fun.


  • Both are fascinating Illustrators.

    Alex’s Ninja Minion

  • Both fabulous but I love Blake!

  • I know I’ve seen Blake’s work because I’ve read James and the Giant Peach.
    But I am most familiar with E.H. Shepard’s work so I voted for him.

  • While both are fabulous, I voted for Blake, hands down. I loved all of Dahl’s children’s books. I was drawn to his theme of the villainous adult misttreating the children. If memory serves me ( and it doesn’t always, not so much anymore) I seem to remember there being one adult on the side of the children or coming to the aid of the kids or rescuing the children. I loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant peach, The Witches, Tales of the Unexpected, The Gremlins, but Matilda was my absolute favorite. I remember reading that his work was inspired by his life experiences attending boarding school and that always resonated with me because I attended boarding school beginning at a relatively young age. I can attest to some of the less than kind treatment at one of the earlier schools I attended. Once I began college prep school that all changed and I had the time of my life and i loved the faculty and staff. It was just like being in college but with more supervision. The school was for students serious about getting into a decent college and that’s different that the behaviorial issues associated with previous boarding schools. So, sorry I rambled. I’m just fascinated with Dahl’s story and his work. Thanks for sharing your post and poll today. I just dropped by from the A to Z challenge.

    Melissa Sugar

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