Step inside an illustration

One of the greatest things in The Hague is the museum of children’s books. Especially until 31st of August there’s an exhibition of Thé Tjong-Khing, a famous Dutch (and Indonesian originated) illustrator, known for his wonderful children’s book illustrations.

And so yesterday I visit this great museum. The first thing I’ve noticed was ofcourse the tower built from lots of children’s books

Tower built from children's books

Tower built from children’s books @ the children’s book museum

And then the exhibition itself.

comic artist turned children's books illustrator

comic artist turned children’s books illustrator:
collection of illustrations of Thé Tjong-Khings book ‘fairy tales’


some of Thé Tjong-Khings illustrations of other children's books

From top to bottom:
“Een huis voor Wiezewotje” (A house for Wiezewotje by Frank Daenen)
“Op de thee” (Tea party by Frank Herzen and Thé Tjong-Khing)
“Meneer Big gaat naar de haaien” (Mr Pig goes to pieces – or literally translated: Mr. Pig goes to the sharks – by Gitte Spee)

illustrations of Thé Tjong-Khing

illustrations of Thé Tjong-Khing















The decoration itself in the museum is a piece of art. It’s like you walk into one of his books or into the fantasy that sprout from his own mind.

I love children’s book illustrations. In my secret dream I am one, too. But in my childhood dreams I also was an imaginator and working at Disney 😉

Ofcourse we ended the day with a delicious tasting of Pickwick: lots of cupcakes and other sweets.


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