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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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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, Collectors

New Martin Aitchison artwork for sale

Martin Aitchison has released some more pieces of original Ladybird Book artwork for sale. Take a look at his gallery here. There are some lovely pieces here. I think my favourite is ‘Liang Painted a Storm’ from the Read it…

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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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The Great Cirencester Ladybird Hunt

Cirencester Ladybird Book Hunt How’s this for dedication – and a bit of creativity! In Cirencester, the Oxfam bookshop has organised a special week featuring old Ladybird Books. They have had the idea of involving other local shops and children…

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A Ladybird Book featured pretty prominently on Doctor Who this week. Not a ‘proper’ Ladybird Book, you might say. Not a Ladybird classic. The Romans, 1994 – not the wonderful L. du Garde Peach/Kenney classic from 1959. But then it’s…

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This year’s car boot season

So far the car boot season has been a bit disappointing. We’ve had pretty good weather – but weekend mornings have been a bit wet. Or maybe I’m getting old and the attraction of the early morning car boot field…

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