Ladybird Books – but not as you knew them

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I’ve just discovered a new line of Ladybird books, remarkably similar to the original style of writing and the delicious 1960s pictures, but with topics more likely to appeal to those of us who grew up with them now we’re grown up.

I’ve bought The Ladybird Book of the Mid-Life Crisis for someone who I hope will enjoy it (but only when I’ve read it) and The Ladybird Book of Dating (ditto). Others I toyed with buying include The Ladybird Book of the Shed, How it Works: The Husband and How it Works: The Wife. You get the idea.

But there’s a more subversive kid on this block (or hanging around on the street corner). Miriam Elia produced We Go to the Gallery – an immaculate Ladybird-inspired spoof on the art world – last year in the Dung Beetle reading scheme. We Go to the Gallery is now in bookshops and Miriam’s work is available through The Cob Gallery. Thank you to the person (and you know who you are) who introduced me to her work.

Have a look, smile – and enjoy.

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