In the comments of my TV blog post , a number of people, perhaps not surprisingly, called for favourite old Ladybird Books to be re-issued.
I didn’t like to say so, but actually, over recent years, Ladybird have tried re-issuing titles from the past. The first of these I remember was in 2000 when 4 titles were issued in facsimile editions: Bunnikins Picnic Party, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Bunny’s First Birthday and The Gingerbread Boy. More recently there have been gifty box sets “for boys” and “for girls”, making the most of the popularity of vintage flavoured presents for grown ups.
This is good news for me. I have lots of copies of the original, but hate being asked to sell any!
Now when I’m asked, I can just send this link.
Is a facsimile edition of a much loved book ever quite the same? Is the artwork more faded in a later version? Do you want a copy which shows its age and history – without the crisp hard corners of a brand new spine?
Only you can say.