Well, my favorite book is called "the Ship's Cat". I have mentioned this book before in various interviews but I have never really gushed, until now. Have a look see-
Without this book I probably wouldn't be the artist I am now. It is written by Richard Adams and illustrated by Alan Aldridge. I grew up with this book and I think every one should own a copy. Every time I see it in a used book store I have to resist buying it again and again. It wasn't until about 4 years ago I discovered a series of other books he illustrated that I have become equally obsessed with.
These books are absolutely marvelous! You NEED these books!! They all go deep into the fabric of Alan's imagination and it is a great experience. That's all, you can thank me later.