Sunday, 23 January 2011

Hannibal Seeks a Buyer

Hannibal (The hamster, not the Alps and elephants one) would probably be my pick for the most under-rated Ladybird Book series. The stories are likeable and informative and John Berry's artwork is fantastic - his photographic style leavenened by the fact that his hero is a small furry animal, not a work-worn 1970s state employee.

This evening I have received an email from someone who has a piece of John Berry artwork that she would like to sell. If you are interested, she is quoting '£500 or nearest offer'.

So do email me if you'd like more details and I'll put you in touch with her.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Endearing Indira?

If you often visit eBay - perhaps in quest of Ladybird Books - you might some times have tried searching by 'Most expensive item first'. If you've tried that in recent weeks you might have seen a Ladybird Book 'Indira Gandhi' at the top of that list.

Yes, that's right. £350.00 for a laminated Ladybird Book which dates from 1986. A seller's typo? Did the seller mean £3.75? Isn't even that quite dear for a relatively recent book?

Well clearly £350.00 wasn't a typo. When the book failed to sell at that price, it swiftly re-appeared at £325. As you can see, it is currently listed with a starting price of £325.00 (Buy-it-now option of £350.00).

So should you 'Buy it now'? Well, guess what. I wouldn't if I were you.

Yes, actually this is a pretty rare book. Not many were printed. Perhaps the book was commissioned shortly after her assassination, when the world was still shocked at the turn of events. Perhaps when the book was finally ready for distribution in 1986, the world had moved on. Perhaps now Ladybird was concerned that they might be accused of political bias. Or perhaps it simply didn't sell very well.

At any rate, there were never many copies in circulation and so Indira Gandhi today is perhaps the hardest-to-find Ladybird Book ever printed with a glossy cover (ie after 1983).

But it's not exactly 'The Impatient Horse'. There are copies out there. I've come across 3 copies on sale in charity shops for charity-shop prices since I've been collecting. If really want one to complete a collection, you'll find one sooner or later if you hang on for long enough.

Can't wait? Just look a bit further down the list of the same eBay search and you'll find this one

A 'mere' £49.00 ...

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

And the winner is ...

I am proud to announce the winner of this year's Ladybird Christmas Quiz as ...

Robert Fearn. Robert, I can send you your grand prize of Ladybird wind chimes if you let me know your address.

Here are the answers. In general it was the classical music which foxed people.

Question 1

(2 words)

Answer: Black Beauty

Question 2

(3 words)

Answer: Boys and Girls
(Peter and Jane book 3b)

Question 3

(Various contenders for this one. Choose the first of the series. 3 words)

Answer: The Silver Arrow(Theme to 'Robin Hood' Prince of Thieves)

Question 4

(1 word)

Answer: Fireworks(Music for the Royal Fireworks - Handel)

Question 5

(3 words)

Answer: Bonnie Prince Charlie(Skye Boat Song)

Question 6

(2 words)

Answer: Sleeping Beauty(Tchaikovsky)

Question 7

(2 words)

Answer: Baby Jesus

Question 8

(2 words)

Answer: The Snowman

Thanks to all those who took part

Happy New Year!