Saturday, 30 May 2009

An interesting way to research

This is a bit different - give it a go: click on the link below:

Ladybird Research

Drag one of the 'spots' and drop on the 'i' for a larger snippet of information. To search for info on a term, drag and drop the 'spot' onto the page symbol.

Drag any snippet across to the notepage to keep hold of it.

Click here for a demo of what I mean

Or just click around and see what happens ; )

Friday, 29 May 2009

The Nation Need No Longer Fear ...

... acquiring the wrong edition of a Well-Loved Tale on the internet. Yes, that nightmare of purchasing 'The Princess and the Pea' on eBay or Amazon, only to find that it isn't the wonderful version with the fantastic pictures that you remember! Instead it's some shiny, fall-about, cartoony thing, masquerading as a vintage Ladybird Book. But it said it was from series 606d on the online description. So how were you to know?

How indeed. I have now completed my gallery pages for the 606d series, so you should never make the same mistake again. The cover picture, publication years and illustrators are all covered, to make sure you get the right version next time.

You'll find it all here.

Despite other woes and preoccupations, I flatter myself that the nation will sleep just a little more peacefully tonight.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Later well-loved tales and James May

I've just added a new section to my Ladybird Gallery: the later Well Loved Tales.
This contains the stories in series 606d which were introduced from 1979 onwards - after Ladybird decided to change the original format from the oh-so-popular original 27 books.

You'll find it here

The next stage will be the stories in series 606d which were issued in two very different versions (thereby confounding everybody who would later try to buy a copy of a well-remembered childhood book from a description on Amazon and invariably ended up with the wrong edition!)

This evening I noticed that BBC was repeating the edition of James May's 'My Sister's Top Toys' which featured Ladybird Books. You'll find it on the 'Videos' page of my website.