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Martin Aitchison, remembered

Martin Aitchison, died this week at the age of 96. You might not know his name, but if you are reading this post, there’s a good chance you remember some of his illustrations for Ladybird Books. Until this week I…

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Why waste a good picture?

It’s easy to get a bit sentimental over many of the golden-age Ladybird illustrators and lose sight of the fact that they were busy working people, just earning a crust. For the most part, the artists don’t seem to have…

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Ladybird Travel Adventure – your help needed

Introduction A couple of weeks ago a journalist called Steve Clark got in touch.  He was thinking about writing an article about the real scenes captured in Ladybird Books.  Previously he had written a Ladybird-themed blog-post,  which I had shared…

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Ladybird Quiz (Hard)

For confirmed Lady-nerds only. No checking bookshelves, now. Who illustrated the 497 (character defect stories)? What was the last matt book to be published in the Children’s Classics series? How many books in the Nature series feature the word ‘birds’…

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Ladybird Quiz (Medium)

Slightly tougher. The challenge is to do this quiz from memory, without recourse to your bookshelves. What are the names of the 2 children in the Travel Adventure series, 587? What colour is Cinderella’s dress at the 2nd ball, according…

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Ladybird Quiz (Easy)

Nice and easy to start with. The challenge is to do this quiz from memory, without recourse to your bookshelves.   What was the original name of the publishers now known as ‘Ladybird’? ‘Flight One – Australia’ was part of…

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