"All human life is here: birth, love, marriage and death. Underneath their jolly rollicking rhythms and rhymes there is a depth and a truth about life. They also have surreal and crazy humour, quiet philosophy, wisdom, lunatic nonsense and subtle poetry. There is no finer field for the illustrator… The verses live on in our memories for the whole of our lives."
Raymond Briggs, on illustrating Mother Goose, 1964.