For me, the illustrator of a book was always at least as important as the content of the book itself, as it informed my imagination. So, for me, A Christmas Carol
will always be framed by the images of Arthur Rackham.
Most people would recognize the work of E. H. Shepard from Winnie the Pooh
, whether or not they knew the artist's name. But for me, Shepard was he who provided me my view of the world of Wind in the Willows
. . . although i could not find the image, Grahame's text and Shepard's illustration of the home of Badger defined my idea of the meaning of the word cozy . . .