Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Stranger than fiction

I was contacted last week by the Secretary of the Leicestershire History Society who wanted a piece on Leicester-born artist John Kenney for their newsletter.  (To Ladybird Book lovers, Kenney is best known for illustrating most of the History series books along with other classics such as Tootles the Taxi).  This man asked if I would be interested in contributing to the article.  I suggested he get in touch with Kenney's family and offered to send him the address of a close family friend who I knew lived in Leicestershire.  This offer was gratefully accepted and I sent the address.

Within moments I heard back from the man.  He said:

"You are not going to believe this.

My address is ... "   and named an address 4 doors down the same street.

He added: "I know the man by sight!"


Mike W said...

Presumably this is the same John Kenney who illustrated 6 books in the Railway Series which had its 42nd book last year. If only classic Ladybirds still continued!

Helen said...

Yes it is. I could never welcome the Ladybird 'Thomas' books into the fold. Being shorter in length, they might be more convenient for a bedtime read - but the magic was in the original Railway Series books.