Something a bit different on Ladybird Tuesday this week. As much as I love all the vintage titles in my collection, today I’m sharing with you one of the newest Ladybird books and one that’s not the normal format for a Ladybird book – The Wonderful World of Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups.
You must quite frankly be either blind or have never set foot inside a bookshop if you haven’t seen the recent comedy Ladybird titles. Perfect as birthday or Christmas presents, these books by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris take original Ladybird artwork and re-purpose it in new titles.
With titles ranging from *The Ladybird Book of The Hangover right through to *The Story of Brexit there isn’t really a topic that the pair are prepared to tackle for comedy purposes. I heard them being interviewed by Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie not so long ago, and in that interview they talked about their planned next book: The Wonderful World of Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups.
What they’ve done with this book is bring together a collection of a whopping 337 Ladybird book titles and covers, combined with example pages and text from some of them. It is an utter delight! Proper laugh out loud funny. I’m just kicking myself that I’ve only just got a copy.
Having worked through so many Ladybird books over the years with Ladybird Tuesday, I recognise much of the artwork that they have used, but the combination of it with suggested Ladybird book titles is done superbly.
The famous Ladybird picture of the magic porridge pot pouring out porridge whilst a woman shrieks in horror appears under the title Learnabout… Risotto. Learnabout… Asthma has a cover featuring four power station cooling towers billowing out smoke. Meanwhile The Ladybird Book of The House of Commons features four chimps having a tea party on its cover. Toilet roll tubes feature on the cover of the helpful How to Make Your Own Cigars book.
If you love seeing your favourite Ladybird artwork in brilliant comedy titles, *buy this book.
If you know someone that loves Ladybird books, *buy them this book.
If you know someone who has a sense of humour, *buy them this book.
Without a doubt the funniest thing in my Ladybird collection!
Ladybird Tuesday is a regular feature here on Penny Reads where I delve into my Ladybird book collection and choose a title to share with my readers. The weekly series originally started on my old blog, Being Mrs C, and this post originally appeared on there. I’m now in the process of moving all those posts over to Penny Reads and also adding titles that I have acquired since then. A list is currently being compiled here of all the titles I have in my collection.
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