Things to Make and Do, 2009 – facsimile edition of the 1963 book, Series 633.
Things to Make and Do is the first book in the Hobbies series, 633 and the only one ever to be originally issued with a dustwrapper. It was written by Mia Richey and was beautifully illustrated by the mysterious G Robinson.
I have many many memories of this book – I think I made, or tried to make, or thought about making, just about everything in it. It taught me a big and important life lesson – things you see in books often don’t turn out the same way in real life. Maybe your Shoe house or eggshell-mobile had the charm of the ones in the pictures. Mine never did.
Because it was seen as ‘iconic’ and representative of Ladybird, this facsimile edition was brought out in 2009 — at a point when Penguin were beginning to appreciate and value the nostalgia value of these books.
Matt boards. You would buy this book if, although it is still second hand, you prefer a book which feels ‘clean’ than an obviously second-hand copy. There’s a little edge wear to this one and the odd mark on the cover but inside the pages are clean and unmarked.
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