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Re: Ladybird books

Postby Katharine » 29 Dec 2015, 20:12

I've bought 'The Husband' for my recently married sister. I was thumbing through the pages while waiting to pay for it. It took all my self control to stop myself from roaring with laughter. I though it hilarious. I've also bought my brother 'The Shed', and am looking out for 'The Wife' for my new brother-in-law. I was hoping to get 'The Gallery' for my sister-in-law as she's very artistic, but although it was very cleverly done, I don't think the humour in that one would be for everyone, and not really appropriate for my sister-in-law, so I'm keeping an eye out for something different for her.

I would recommend these books to someone with a reasonably good sense of humour/fairly broad mind. Definitely not for the Purist Ladybird collector though. :D And not for the usual age range of Ladybird readers. :shock:
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Re: Ladybird books

Postby Rob Houghton » 29 Dec 2015, 23:37

They are bound to be very collectable in the future, so I'm sure many Ladybird collectors would go for them. They're a great idea and very amusing! :-)
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Re: Ladybird books

Postby Courtenay » 30 Dec 2015, 00:19

I saw some of them too at a gift shop recently. Dating and The Hipster didn't quite hit the spot with me, but Mindfulness and The Mid-Life Crisis were hilarious!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Haven't read The Husband or The Wife yet, though I'd like to.
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Re: Ladybird books

Postby Katharine » 30 Dec 2016, 16:23

I was lucky enough to get some money for Christmas, so I went into town this week and bought myself The Ladybird Story. I'd had my eye on the book for a while, and although it's not like me to buy a new book, I decided that I didn't want to risk waiting to see if it was reduced in a sale, as it might end up out of print and so rare it would cost me 3 times as much. I'd just finished paying for it, and had moved to one side of the till to put the book in my bag, when I noticed some of the adult Ladybird books at half price. As I still had some money left, I decided to buy a couple. The first obvious choice was Boxing Day, however I couldn't decide which of the others to get until I spotted The Mid Life Crisis. As I've just turned 50 I thought it it just had to be. I've read both the books, and am not disappointed. I wouldn't say I found every page funny, but then humour is a personal thing. However some pages had me doubled up with laughter, wheres once I'd managed to stop laughing long enough to read them out to my grown up daughter, she didn't think them worth more than a slight smile. I thought the Boxing Day one funnier that the other one, but I love the illustrations and the way the books are written. I think they ideally need to be read in a clipped 1950s BBC accent. I'm not sure if all the illustrations are from the original books or not, but wherever they are from, they fit the words.

I've also read the first chapter of The Ladybird Story. It hasn't quite reached the publishing of the Ladybird books I know and love, but it's been a fascinating insight into the world of printing in the past. One thing I need to investigate further is a mention of the first two Ladybird books being sent to The British Library around the time of the first World War. I thought that Birn Brothers books were so vague as they hadn't been sent to the British Library, whereas this book gave the impression that it was a requirement from all publishers. I think Tony wrote an article in an early Journal on the subjects, so will try and track it down to satisfy my curiosity.
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Re: Ladybird books

Postby Courtenay » 30 Dec 2016, 16:55

Katharine wrote:I'd just finished paying for it, and had moved to one side of the till to put the book in my bag, when I noticed some of the adult Ladybird books at half price.


I've noticed, too, that the "adult" Ladybird books are being sold off at half price or similar discounts now at a number of shops (from Blackwell's in Oxford to Ryman in Orpington, just to give two examples I've seen). I wonder if it means the novelty is wearing off and they're finding it harder now to shift copies off the shelves? I'm rather hoping the "adult" Famous Fives will suffer the same fate before long... :wink:

The Ladybird Story sounds very interesting — I'll have to look out for that one too. :D
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Re: Ladybird books

Postby Fiona1986 » 30 Dec 2016, 17:02

I think they are prime Christmas gift items and now that Christmas is over they will of course be reduced to make way for all the 'new year, new you' stuff.

I got the Ladybird Book of Red Tape and the Lady Bird Book of Neighbours (or something like that!)
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Re: Ladybird books

Postby Courtenay » 30 Dec 2016, 17:05

Fiona1986 wrote:and the Lady Bird Book of Neighbours (or something like that!)


It's not something like this...? :D

(sorry :wink: )
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Postby Fiona1986 » 30 Dec 2016, 17:15

No, it's very much nothing like that lol. Just as well my work PC has the sound turned off as well :lol:
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Re: Ladybird books

Postby Courtenay » 30 Dec 2016, 17:48

You're not missing much. :P (I hasten to add I don't watch the show in question.)
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Re: Ladybird books

Postby Rob Houghton » 30 Dec 2016, 19:16

I love it! Its the best soap on British TV these days - much better than Eastenders, Emmerdale or Coronation Street! :-D
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Re: Ladybird books

Postby Courtenay » 30 Dec 2016, 19:26

Well, I'll take that as a compliment. 8) Meanwhile, look what you could do if you ever happen to be visiting Melbourne... :wink:
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Re: Ladybird books

Postby Rob Houghton » 30 Dec 2016, 19:35

I'd love that - just have to get to Melbourne first!! :wink:

I think Neighbours is actually far more popular in UK than in Australia, so I believe...? :D
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Re: Ladybird books

Postby Courtenay » 30 Dec 2016, 20:16

Dunno. There are more people in the UK than in Australia, so that might be a factor... :mrgreen:
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Re: Ladybird books

Postby Fiona1986 » 30 Dec 2016, 21:19

The book was 'The People Next Door'. I was close :lol:
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Re: Ladybird books

Postby Daisy » 30 Dec 2016, 23:04

Rob Houghton wrote:I love it! Its the best soap on British TV these days - much better than Eastenders, Emmerdale or Coronation Street! :-D

Same here Rob. I gave up on the English ones years ago. I'd love to go to Melbourne and visit the set and the real Ramsay Street.
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