Ladybird books, I’ve always loved them! From being a small girl in the 1970’s when I had lots of ‘Well Loved Tales’ (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Magic Porridge Pot etc) to being a small adult in 2017.
I was drawn to the slim shape ideal for children and instantly recognisable by the logo. You know there’s something interesting contained within a familiar (usually) 50 page format with a beautifully illustrated drawing on one side of the page, and text on the other.
I have a small, select collection of vintage Ladybirds on a shelf in my book-infested cottage, some of which pre-date Ladybird Books Ltd and are acknowledged in the name of their original publishers Wills and Hepworth. Ladybird has produced loads of series, from stories for the very young, to older readers, to educational. I like the old natural history ones best. My auntie (who loves all things ’50’s) has a better collection of Ladybird books than me, some with original dust jackets.
Ladybird recently brought out a whole series of books for grown-ups – again beautifully illustrated, and in the tried-and-tested traditional format. They are jokey ones of course, using modern themes to suggest that mums work best by feeding them red wine, that Hipster dudes have peculiar names, and how many silly excuses you could use to ‘pull a sickie’.
I recently bought ‘How it works – The Grandparent’. Being at the younger end of grandparenthood, and not quite ready for the shampoo and set just yet, if ever (no, never. I’m adamant!) I’m curious to see how I measure up to Ladybird’s exacting standards, or at least their humorous interpretation of what a grandparent should be. I’ll look at this soon in part 2. But first, here are some of my vintage Ladybird books.
Coming shortly, my thoughts on the Ladybirds for grown-ups ‘How it Works – The Grandparent.