This is a new portfolio site featuring illustrations for the poem “Johnny Crow’s Garden,” as well as examples of my past work.
The poem is one that I can read over and over. To me, it is both silly and charming. Originally published in 1903, it was written and illustrated by L. Leslie Brooke. He was inspired to write it by his father who regaled him with tales of Johnny Crow and his garden. The original book is still in publication and can be enjoyed on the web as part of the Gutenberg project Many adults still cherish the story as a childhood memory sharing it with their children and grandchildren.
Written in rhyme, it tells the story of an industrious crow and the animals he welcomes to his garden. With few exceptions, I decided to follow the original narrative changing it only when I wanted to make text references more understandable to modern children. The image above is from the verse, “Johnny Crow would dig and sow till he made a little garden.”