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Art

Why waste a good picture?

It’s easy to get a bit sentimental over many of the golden-age Ladybird book 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…

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Trivia

Ladybird Travel Adventure – your help needed

Introduction The Little Red Hen in Hambledon 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…

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Trivia

Ladybird Book Quiz (Hard)

A Ladybird book quiz.  For confirmed Lady-nerds only as it’s super-challenging. 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…

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Trivia

Ladybird Book Quiz (Medium)

This Ladybird book quiz is 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…

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Ladybird Book Quiz (Easy)

This Ladybird book quiz is 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…

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Art, Society

You can’t make an omlette …

The thing about Ladybird Books … well, one of the things … there are a lot of things … but one of my favourite things about Ladybird Books is the way they capture domestic scenes in snapshot.  Details of 20th…

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Art, Artists, Reading schemes

I am Sparticus

Something I find fascinating is when photographs come to light that were used by Ladybird artists as studies for their artwork. Here’s one that appeared on Twitter (via @russellsdesk) a couple of months ago – along with the image from…

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