Angus Clifford Racey Helps was an English
children's author and illustrator.
His books were written in a simple style and
featured woodland creatures and birds,
with illustrations by the author.
He is known for illustrating postcards,
greeting cards, jigsaw puzzles, playing cards
and wrapping paper.
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Helps was born in Bristol in 1913 of
English-Scots descent, and spent his childhood
in the hamlet of Chelvey, Somerset.
He was privately educated at a vicarage and
later at Bristol Cathedral School.
Leaving school he entered the antiquarian book
business and attended the West of England
College of Art.
His anthropomorphic illustrations and
picture book stories of woodland animals
portray eventful scenes with a healthy helping
of humour that appeal to children and adults alike.
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