Saturday, June 19, 2010


This is one of those educational books, and an ex primary school copy as well. Illustrated very sweetly by Michael Ricketts this is a 1971 edition. I don't usually collect educational books but this one is special because i love teeth and the little tooth boy is funny and so scruffy and the pictures are so cheerful.

The Moon Seems To Change

"The Moon is far away, you cannot drive to the moon. There is no road. But if you could drive to the moon it would take almost a year. you would have to drive a car all day for ten months. The moon is very far away"

Thats how is funny little "let's read and find out" book goes, printed first in 1960 and reissued several times "The Moon Seems to Change" is written by Franklyn M. Branley and illustrated by Helen Borten. It follows facts and the transitions of the moon.through some very well set out printed illustrations. In only orange, green, black and white the book has queer little instructions and experiments throughout.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Deans Gold Star Book of Fairy Tales

The stories in this 1973 Deans Fairytale book are Hans Christian Andersen with illustrations by the iconic illustrator twins; Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone. The cover and liner pages of this book are amazing but the inside illustrations are a bit sparse, I have other better versions of the Grahame Johnstone twins work in boxes which I shall fish out and show to you! But isn't that musky pink cover wonderful?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Little Ballerina

Along with Kiki Dances, Little Ballerina, was another favourite childhood book. A little girl called Cindy who has "weak legs" must take up ballet to strengthen them, thank goodness she does because she makes a wonderful ballerina. Published by Rand McNally books in 1972.

Kiki Dances

This book was one of my favourites growing up, i always wondered why Kiki had pink hair, and wanted it myself. The liner pages have beautiful illustrations of ballet positions and the story is written and illustrated by Charlotte Steiner. This copy is an ex kindergarden edition, and the book was first printed in 1949, this is a 1959 version. The font on the cover reminds me of the title text of the film "The Red Shoes"

Calling All Kittens

Written and illustrated by Winifred Martin, and printed by Blackie & Son Limited i'm not sure when but it looks like a late 50's early 60's. The kittens are called Bengy, Snow, Juno, Dusky and Sambo. It feels like one of those books where the story is written around the drawings because the story makes no sense, the kittens are just running around a country club. Calling all kittens!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I See The Sky

This is a 1972 edition of the 1960 Wonder Book by Ann Peters and illustrated by Sunny B Cook. i couldn't find much out about either of these people but i love this book because the text and drawings are so well put together and there are very sweet observations about the weather. I especially like the changing moon illustration at the end!

Long, Long Ago

I found this book in an op-shop, and inside there is an inscription of the previous owner whose address is in my neighborhood. It has no print date, but was printed in the Netherlands i would guess in the early 70's or late 60's. It only has two stories in it, Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin... and the Rumpelstiltskin drawings are no where near as lovely as the eerily un-named illustrator of the Rapunzel drawings. It's a goodie!

This picture kind of gives me the creeps. The prince is weird and the girl looks so not into it hahaha!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Biggest Bear

This book won the Caldecott Prize in 1953 and is by Lynd Ward, an American Illustrator. I think it's a really interesting one because it's about working class, hunting family living in bear country. Johnny meats a bear cub who grows up to be the biggest bear... it's tragic when Johnny is sent to shoot the bear because it's too big to live with the family but oh joy, the bear gets caught in a Maple trap and is found by some Zoo keepers. The Bear goes to the zoo and Johnny visits it and always brings him Maple Sugar. The End!

My First Love "Pirates, Ships and Sailors"

Ilustrated by Gustaf Tenggren, who has done alot of Golden Books including "The Saggy Baggy Elephant". I found this book at a local op-shop almost 5 years ago now and I really am in love with it, the drawings, the layout and the funny stories in it! It's a first edition from 1950 and I really treasure it.