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Leslie Wood
Artist and Illustrator
b. 1920 - d. 

Leslie Wood was born in Stockport Cheshire in 1920, son of a master-craftsman. He studied at the Manchester College of Art. Winning a travelling scholarship,  he was prevented from using it abroad by World War 2 and decided to use it for a trip to London. Some time in 1943 he walked into the offices of Faber & Faber the publishers and showed them some of his work. A week later he was commissioned to take over the illustration of Diana Ross's Little Red Engine books from Jan Lewitt and George Him who, much as they had loved illustrating the first book in the series, The Little Red Engine gets a Name, were under much pressure to do other war-related work and therefore declined to continue with the subsequent stories in the series. At about the same time as Wood was commissioned to illustrate The Story of the Little Red Engine, he was also commissioned to illustrate Whoo Whoo the Wind blew. Neither of these stories could be published until after the end of the war because of the shortages of paper and coloured printing inks. He went on to illustrate numerous other children's books.

See excellent presentation on Leslie Wood's work at the Brighton School of Design :
http://www.adh.bton.ac.uk/schoolofdesign/MA.COURSE/18/lw00.htm

This includes his maps of Taddlecombe and District
 


 

 

Titles of Books written by Diana Ross and illustrated by Leslie Wood

Year Title Publisher
1945 The Story of the Little Red Engine Faber & Faber
1946 Whoo Whoo the Wind Blew Faber & Faber
1946  The Little Red Engine goes to Market Faber & Faber
1952 Ebenezer the Big Balloon Faber & Faber
1952 The Little Red Engine goes to Town Faber & Faber
1956 Little Red Engine and the Rocket Faber & Faber
1958  The Little Red Engine Goes Home Faber & Faber
1960  The Little Red Engine goes Travelling Faber & Faber
1966  The Little Red Engine Goes to be Mended  Faber & Faber
1968 The Little Red Engine and the Taddlecombe Outing Faber & Faber
1971  The Little Red Engine goes Carolling Faber & Faber
1972 I love my Love with an A : Where is He? Faber & Faber
Oct 1999 The Story of the Little Red Engine republished by André Deutsch Classics. 
Oct1999 The Little Red Engine goes to Town Republished by André Deutsch Classics. 
Oct 1999 The Little Red Engine and the Rocket Republished by André Deutsch Classics.