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Answers to the Christmas Quiz

Here are the full pictures.  Congratulations to this year’s Wise Robin – Anthea!  Peter and Jane: 5a Coco the Caravan – from ‘Tootles the Taxi’ Smoke and Fluff Snow White and Rose Red What to Look for in Summer The…

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Christmas Quiz 2014

Here’s this year’s Ladybird Book Christmas Quiz. It doesn’t have very much anything to do with Christmas, but I ran out of inspiration. Very simply – I’ve taken some of the pictures that I’ve posted on Twitter this year and…

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Society

Much Ado about Branding

Just this week everywhere I look online I seem to see reference to Ladybird Books – and the trumpeting that they are ” to drop gender branding from its books after almost 100 years”.: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30143662 If you search Twitter at…

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History, News & reviews

The Ladybird Story – My Review

The Ladybird Book Story is a new publication based on a PhD thesis by Lorraine Johnson and co-written by Brian Alderson; published by The British Library. Here’s a very quick summary of what I’m going to say for those who…

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Artists, History

The Ladybird Book that never was

  The original Kenney versions and a 1978 version When I met John Kenney’s relative (see last post) she asked me whether Ladybird had ever published a book in the Robin Hood series called ‘The Spy’. The reason for this…

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Artists, History

The evolution of Tootles

Last month I had a truly Ladybird-Geeky treat.  I met up with Ladybird artist John Kenney’s closest surviving relative and, over a very pleasant lunch, enjoyed the pleasure of talking with someone who shares my passion for these pictures and…

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History, Society

What To Look For – In Vain

A few weeks ago, I was searching through my Ladybird Books, looking for a suitable picture to use for the commemoration of the D-Day Landings.  It proved very hard to find anything – and reminded me how very few pictures…

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