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RIP John Berry

I have only just heard that John Berry died just before Christmas, aged 89. When Ladybird was reaching its peak in the 1960s and 70s John Berry was one of the favoured artists. His style is photographic and was the…

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Google doesn’t love me

Any day now, Google is going to change the way that it provides search results. I’ve taken a look at where my websites/blog will be after the changeover – and they go plummeting down the listings for some reason. A…

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Ladybird Life – in video

I’ve just come across the wonderful archive clip. I think it was made by Harvard University to ‘represent’ English life in 1949. But isn’t it quintessentially Ladybird? How many different classic Ladybird books can you see echoed in this clip?…

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A bit late …

… as a result of the summer holidays, but here’s the link to the great feature on the BBC’s episode of ‘Flog it!‘ from Loughborough with a lovely little feature on Ladybird Books and interview with the lovely Kathie Layfield.

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From Writer to Artist – part 2

Back in June I mentioned having a couple of letters from L du Garde Peach, writer of the History series, written in the early 1970s to his illustrator, John Kenney. By popular demand – both of you 🙂 – here…

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A Couple of Interesting New Sites

I have recently come across this unusual website: The Visual Telling of Stories Ladybird:http://www.fulltable.com/VTS/m/mcov/lbb.htmNavigation around the site is unconventional – I wouldn’t be surprised if there weren’t more things Ladybird than I’ve uncovered. My favourite part so far is the…

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