Leslie Wood (illustrator)

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Leslie Wood (26 February 1920 – 1994[1]) was an English artist and illustrator who lived in Poynton, Cheshire.[2]

Born in Stockport, he studied at the Manchester College of Art and Design and gained a travelling scholarship. Prevented from travelling abroad because of World War II, he instead went to London. In 1943, Wood showed some of his work to Faber and Faber, and was soon commissioned to take over illustration of Diana Ross' Little Red Engine books, and went on to illustrate many other children's books[3] including the covers of the first fourteen Hugh Walters Chris Godrey of UNEXA series.[4]


  1. ^ "Old friends and new faces: Illustrated characters from children's literature". Manchester Metropolitan University. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  2. ^ Ruth Hills Viguers Illustrators of Children's Books: 1946-1956 (1958)
  3. ^ Leslie Wood page on the Diana Ross website
  4. ^ Covers for the Hugh Walters series

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