Jingle Bells illustrated by J.P. Miller

jingle bells, j.p. miller

Take a look at these adorable smiling faces filled with holiday cheer!

J.P. Miller’s illustrations for Kathleen N. Daly’s Jingle Bells (1964) are just so festive and inspirational! The story is a nice twist on the old holiday tune, and is about a sleigh full of animals that help Santa when he needs it the most. I love Miller’s use of color and texture to achieve different values, and his depiction of animals are always so whimsical. Did you notice they’re all smiling with sweaters on?

jingle bells, j.p. miller

jingle bells, j.p. miller

jingle bells, j.p. miller

jingle bells, j.p. miller

jingle bells, j.p. miller

Yummy flaming turkey ball!

In addition to illustrating Jingle Bells, J.P. Miller has also illustrated other Golden Book classics such as The Little Red Hen, The Wonderful House, and The House that Jack Built. To find out more about J.P. Miller’s life and work, check out the article “Remembering J.P. Miller” at Cartoon Brew.

(Via Vintage Kids’ Books My Kid Loves)


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One of my favorite illustrated books by one of my favorite illustrators! Great post!

We read this every year. Simply wonderful illustrations.

that’s a british christmas pudding! flaming with brandy. mmm

Awww, now there’s some nostalgia! I had that book when I was a kid, and adored the illustrations. But that’s not a turkey ball, it’s a Christmas pudding doused in brandy and set alight. Mmmmmmmmmmmm, yummy.

Phew, glad it is Christmas pudding – I thought it would be odd for a pig to sit there, eating meat

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we have a couple of his illustrated Golden Books in our bookshelf. Love them!

It’s books like these that make me love childrens’ illustration!

Really adorable! Thanks for this beautiful post!
Hope you all had a merry christmas!

This brought back so many memories from my childhood books. Thanks for sharing!