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Hannibal Seeks a Buyer

Hannibal (The hamster, not the Alps and elephants one) would probably be my pick for the most under-rated Ladybird Book series. The stories are likeable and informative and John Berry’s artwork is fantastic – his photographic style leavenened by the…

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And the winner is …

I am proud to announce the winner of this year’s Ladybird Christmas Quiz as … Robert Fearn. Robert, I can send you your grand prize of Ladybird wind chimes if you let me know your address. Here are the answers….

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The Story of Music

Have I made it a bit hard this year? So far no one has scored more than 4 out of the 8 Christmas Quiz questions. If you think you can beat 4, have a go here.

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Trivia

Ladybird Musical Christmas Quiz 2010

This year, a musical theme – and a prize! The winner of the quiz will win some Ladybird wind-chimes. If I get more than one submission of the correct answer (which usually happens) I’ll put all correct answers into a…

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Stumpy the Bear?

I am often asked to identify books from fairly little information – someone will email me asking if I can help them identify a much loved childhood book from some vague recollection of an illustration or a line of text….

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Art, News & reviews, Nostalgia

The Night Sky

I received this ‘video response’ today to a Ladybird Book themed video on YouTube. This captures so well the power that a well-pitched, well-written, beautifully illustrated book can have on a child.

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History

Reading on the tube

A couple of good friends visited me from the USA this summer. Of course they wanted to visit London and were especially keen to see The Tower of London. Since you get more out of a visit when you know…

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