Exhibit of Mischievous Children's Book Characters to Open in London

© Zog by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler 2010

Going rogue takes courage, and what better place to cultivate that feeling than between the hard covers of children's books, where rebellious protagonists like Pippi Longstocking and Oliver Twist have long captivated young readers with their verve and spunk. The British Library is celebrating these brave characters and others in a free exhibition running from November 8, 2019 through March 20, 2020.

Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature's Young Rebels revolves around forty books, manuscripts, and original artwork spanning over 300 years of children's literature. Highlights include the first UK edition of Anne of Green Gables, color illustrations for Oliver Twist by George Cruikshank, and work by contemporary illustrators like Alex Scheffler and Jessica Love. 

"Children's literature over the last 300 years has shown that rebels come in all shapes and sizes," said the show's head curator, Lucy Evans. "These resilient characters are very much part of our story."

The family-friendly show has a full slate of events planned as well as interactive elements designed with tiny rebels in mind.