Children's book artist Erik Blegvad dies at 90

LONDON (AP) — Children's book artist Erik Blegvad, known for his whimsical illustrations of more than 100 books, has died in London. He was 90.

His son, musician and cartoonist Peter Blegvad, said his father died on Jan. 14.

The wide-ranging artist was a native of Denmark who studied at the Copenhagen School of Arts and Crafts before developing his reputation in the New York and Paris publishing worlds.

He worked as a commercial illustrator and developed a sophisticated pen and ink style that seemed perfectly suited for children's books.

Among his best known works are the illustrations for "Bed-Knob and Broomstick," ''The Tenth Good Thing About Barney" and his own translation of Hans Christian Andersen's "Stories and Fairy Tales."

He is survived by two sons and four grandchildren.

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