William Pène du Bois


William Pène du Bois (1916-1993) was born in New Jersey to a family of artists and educated mostly in France. A founding editor of The Paris Review, Pène du Bois wrote some twenty-five books, many of which he also illustrated, including The Twenty-One Balloons, winner of the 1948 Newbery Medal.

Books
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    The Mousewife

    Rumer Godden’s beautiful tale of a downtrodden mouse and her friendship with a caged dove is based on a story by Dorothy Wordsworth. William Pène du Bois’s elegant pen-and-ink drawings complement this meditation on love and freedom.