Ingpen, Robert

Robert Ingpen has written or illustrated more than 100 published books. These include children's picture books and fictional stories for all ages.  His most frequent collaborator has been the author and editor Michael Page.

Ingpen has designed many postage stamps for Australia, as well as the flag and coat of arms for the Northern Territory. Ingpen has created a number of public murals in Geelong, Melbourne, Canberra and the Gold Coast in Queensland. He also has designed bronze statues, which include the Poppykettle Fountain in the Geelong Steam Packet Gardens  and the bronze doors to the Melbourne Cricket Club. 

The biennial Hans Christian Andersen Award conferred by the International Board on Books for Young People is the highest recognition available to a writer or illustrator of children's books. Ingpen won the illustration award in 1986. In 2005 he was made honorary doctor of arts by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and in 2007 made a member of the Order of Australia for "service to literature as an illustrator and author of children's books, to art design and education, and as a supporter of health care organisations.

Michael Page is a British-born Australian writer, editor, advertising executive, world war two veteran and merchant sailor. For his "services to the book publishing industry and to literature as a writer, and through the encouragement and support of upcoming Australian authors" he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1999. His most successful book was The Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were. It was published in 1985 and sold over 70,000 copies.It still continues in print to this day.

About the book Itself:

This comprehensive compilation references myths and fantasies from around the world and spanning human history. Detailed yet succinct, the very readable articles are collected under seven topics--e.g, the cosmos, the ground and the underground--and arranged alphabetically by subject. The diverse coverage examines myriad imagined powers and creatures from historical, sociological, cultural, and artistic perspectives, and while many of the ghosts, wizards, gremlins, gods, fairies, and so forth are familiar, many more, e.g., Hyperborea, Alulei, and Phaeton, are not. Each article summarizes the identity, definition, and aspects of the entity, drawing on material derived from classic studies in myth and lore. The illustrations are extraordinary. 

In addition we also have The Encyclopaedia of Mysterious Places also illustrated by Ingpen:

What drove the Aztecs and their Central American predecessors to perform human sacrifices? Why was Stonehenge built, how were the Neolithic people able to carry the stones hundreds of miles, and what is the significance of their alignments? Questions like these, which cannot be answered with real certainty, add to the air of mystery that surrounds the forty places vividly explored in The Encyclopedia of Mysterious Places.

Beautiful books and stunning illustrations in both - take a look at some: