Charlotte’s Web Original Art by Garth Williams

October 24th, 2010 by

Sometimes when I look at a book cover — especially a kids’ book cover — I think, “Wow, someone drew that. With their hand! With pencil and/or pen! No computers involved!” And sometimes, the cover illustration is so amazing, it never needs to be replaced — like in the case of Garth Williams‘ cover illustration of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. Recently, the original cover illustration of Charlotte’s Web was sold at auction for $155,350… Whoa!

The classic cover shows Fern Arable, Wilbur the Pig, and others gazing up at Charlotte A. Cavatica as she drops down from the title of the book — cleverly spun to say, “Charlotte’s Web.” The book cover is so amazing, it was even replicated for the poster for the 2006 movie!

Garth Williams actually modeled his illustrations of Fern after his own daughter, Fiona — I wonder if she looked anything like Dakota Fanning, who played Fern in the 2006 movie?

Mr. Williams illustrated over a hundred children’s books, and if I just picture a few of my favorites in my mind, like Little House in the Big Woods, A Cricket in Times Square, or Bedtime for Frances, I realize, WOW — Garth Williams’ illustrations has been the basis of many of my childhood memories and imaginations! Are there any books illustrations that you especially  connect with?

— Nancy

Nancy also tried to replicate some interior illustrations from Charlotte’s Web several months ago, but the results don’t really do justice to the original. They’re more like an insult. Sorry.

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30 Responses

  • Sofia writes:
    January 7th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I like very much this movie

    • Fern writes:
      June 7th, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      I read this book at school

  • Sofia writes:
    January 7th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I like very much this movie

    • sophia writes:
      February 9th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      i love the book

      • jennifer c writes:
        May 18th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        i love it mt charlottes web and i read charlottes web and bye charlottes web

      • Chanelle writes:
        April 5th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

        i love this book so much

    • jennifer c writes:
      May 18th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      i love the move and i look at it fun but is sad and i went to see charlottes web

  • Anonymous writes:
    January 14th, 2011 at 5:28 am

    i really like this book and this story is very good .

  • sophia writes:
    February 9th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    i know right

    • nayeli writes:
      March 31st, 2011 at 3:33 pm


    • nayeli writes:
      March 31st, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      right i love it so much i want to read it again++++

  • eer writes:
    April 7th, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    i love this

  • Tawana writes:
    May 8th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    I love the talking animals!

  • Elisa writes:
    May 31st, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    So interesting. Wilbur is a great pig, and Charlotte is a good spider. It’s a friendship

    • jennifer c writes:
      May 18th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      i went to be your friend and bye

  • batool writes:
    June 2nd, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    i `m 14 years old and i love to red these stories sooooo much … thanks <3 .. !!

  • Joyce writes:
    May 18th, 2012 at 11:37 am

    i am reading the book right now and i am almost done and it is really good but sad at the same time.

  • Jessica B writes:
    August 16th, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I love the movie it was sad that they said they had to kill him.Charlotte had great plan.

  • allison writes:
    August 17th, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    i like charlotte’s web

  • Beryl writes:
    September 13th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    charlotte’s web is awsome.

  • Elijah writes:
    September 27th, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    I hate Charlotte’s Web

  • Elijah writes:
    September 27th, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I Fern save Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web interesting

  • ciara writes:
    October 2nd, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    I love it

  • Autumn writes:
    October 3rd, 2014 at 8:41 am

    When I read the book I cried. It was sad, but it’s cool how Wilbur and Charlotte are friends. It’s a really good book!

  • Julia P. writes:
    November 4th, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I LOVE this movie

  • Chitsan writes:
    December 17th, 2014 at 1:37 am

    i want to see the movie and the book.

    • Talaya writes:
      February 4th, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      i do to

  • Talaya writes:
    February 4th, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    i want to see the real book!

  • Talaya writes:
    February 4th, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    i love it!

  • Anonymous writes:
    April 18th, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Hi who loves this book cause I do it’s amazing and its so wonderful it brings joy

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