Garth Williams (1912–1996) illustrated nearly one hundred books for children, including Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, A Cricket in Times Square by George Selden, and the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Born in New York City to English artist parents, Williams lived in New Jersey, France, and Canada before moving to England in 1922. He had plans to be an architect but ultimately studied painting, design, and sculpture at the Westminster Art School and the Royal College of Art. Having returned to the United States after World War II, Williams found work at The New Yorker, where he met E. B. White just as the latter was finishing Stuart Little. Williams also wrote and illustrated several books of his own, including The Chicken Book: A Traditional Rhyme, The Adventures of Benjamin Pink, Baby Animals, and The Rabbits’ Wedding.
The Mouse Prisoner’s Aid Society, here headed up by Miss Bianca, a pampered white mouse and Nils, the bravest mouse in the land go on assignment to rescue a famous poet from a dreadful black castle, where he is being imprisoned by the cruel cat Mamelouke. This story, here illustrated by the great Garth Williams, was the inspiration for a Disney animated film of the same name.