Between 1929 and his death in 1979, Edward Ardizzone illustrated a large number of books, and wrote and illustrated many more including the well-loved Little Tim series, Johnny the Clockmaker, Diana and her Rhinoceros, Paul the Hero of the Fire; and with his cousin Christianna Brand, created Nurse Matilda, later familiar to many as Nanny McPhee. In 1956, Edward Ardizzone won the first Kate Greenaway medal for his illustrations in the 'Tim' series of books. The illustrations continue to receive universal admiration from both young and old. There were eleven 'Tim' books in total published from 1936 - 1977.
Edward Ardizzone always maintained that the art of a children's book illustrator was particularly good when it was created as much for the child within the illustrator, as for the child viewing the illustrations. This is, almost certainly, why the 'Tim' books have just as much appeal for adults as they do for children. Edward Ardizzone continued to both write and illustrate a wide range of children's books right up until his death in 1979.