Leslie Wood (26 February 1920 - 1994)
was an English artist and illustrator who lived in
Born in Stockport, he studied at the Manchester College of Art and Design and gained a
travelling scholarship. Prevented from travelling abroad because of World War II, he
instead went to London. In 1943, Wood showed some of his work to Faber and Faber, and
was soon commissioned to take over illustration of Diana Ross' Little Red Engine books,
and went on to illustrate many other children's books.