An exciting exhibition spotlighting famous rebels in children’s literature, this British Library touring exhibition will feature favourites such as Pippi Longstocking, Jane Eyre, Matilda and Dirty Bertie, shining a light on the British Library’s vast collection and exploring characters who break the rules and defy conventions.
An exciting exhibition spotlighting famous rebels in children’s literature is set to open at York Art Gallery in February 2023. The British Library touring exhibition will feature perennial favourites such as Pippi Longstocking, Jane Eyre, Matilda and Dirty Bertie. ‘Marvellous and Mischievous: Literature’s Young Rebels’ (10 February – 4 June 2023) will shine a light on the British Library’s vast collection of children’s literature and explore characters who break the rules and defy conventions.
Showcasing around 40 books, manuscripts and original artwork, the family-friendly exhibition will include a diverse range of rebels, outsiders and spirited survivors from children’s literature spanning more than 300 years, inviting visitors to rediscover their favourite characters, as well as meeting new ones, in the home, school and on journeys.
The exhibition includes the first UK edition of “Anne of Green Gables,” the first version of Cruikshank’s coloured illustrations of “Oliver Twist” as well as original artworks for books including “Tracy Beaker,” “What Planet Are You From, Clarice Bean?,” “Zog,” “When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit,” and “Azzi in Between.”
Throughout the exhibition young visitors are invited to create their own rebel tales by dressing up and reflecting on which cause they themselves might stand up for. They can also enjoy a selection of books in the exhibition’s dedicated reading area.
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