I've always been an avid reader, and I've always been interested in art. As a child, I was sure I was going to either illustrate books, or be a window cartoonist for gas stations and grocery stores "when I grew up". (Yeah, go ahead and laugh)
This image (from a web search) takes book illustration to a whole new level:
As does Su Blackwell, an artist from the UK. Her work astounds me.
“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.” - Marcel Proust