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The Bumper Book of Look and Learn [Hardcover]

Stephen Pickles
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6 Sep 2007
Look and Learn is fondly remembered by thousands as the classic children's magazine from the 60s and 70s. It covered a vast range of subjects, from bumble bees to rocket science, from English literature to Greek and Roman legend. But history was its chief concern, and its brilliant illustrators filled its pages with beautiful pictures of the past. This lavishly illustrated tribute to the magazine presents a kaleidoscopic journey through time, whose narrative pauses for occasional episodes from the peerless story of The Trigan Empire, a cult feature in the original. The Bumper Book of Look and Learn takes us on a lightning tour of past and future worlds worthy of Doctor Who, and will appeal to all ages.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Century (6 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846052912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846052910
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 25.4 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whoever reads it, of whatever age, will undoubtedly reap great benefit. The gorgeous full-page illustrations alone are worth the price. These short essays are excitingly written. On virtually every page I learned something I didn't know before. - Craig Brown (Mail on Sunday)

Christmas past has just jumped out at me in the form of The Bumper Book of Look and Learn. For many people of my generation, this compendium of vividly coloured work from the magazine will plunge into memory - though I'm sure the most internet-agile modern child could still learn much from it. (Alan Hollinghurst Guardian)

Look and Learn has become a historical insight, a portal into a bygone age, a remembrance of things past (Sunday Telegraph)

Brings back so many memories. Brilliant stuff and still enthralling (the Bookseller)

A lavish tome. (Glasgow Herald)

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Beautifully packaged annual featuring the best of the old favourite magazine, Look and Learn.

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! My opportunity to better myself ... 23 Sep 2007
As a child of the 60s, the second comic my parents regularly bought me was 'Treasure'. (The first was 'Bimbo', believe it or not.) As far as I can recall, 'Treasure' was about 90% cartoons and captioned picture stories, and 10% big, offputting chunks of text.

On the other hand, my next-door neighbour Peter Whitfield subscribed to 'Look and Learn', which seemed to be pretty much the opposite: 90% text, and a token 10% cartoons. Whenever I was round at his place, I only ever bothered to read the cartoons. He eventually won a place at Cambridge, by the way, and I might reluctantly admit that 'Look and Learn' might have sown the seeds of his eventual academic success.

But now, 40 years on, I'm going to get my own back. Forget the kids -- this book's for me! Brilliant illustrations, bite-size chunks of information, and the truth as it was viewed in the 1960s. Now where's that university entrance form?
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
By Peter Richardson VINE VOICE
Look and Learn was one of the most contradictory children's weeklys ever to appear. Launched in 1962 as the brain child of then editor Leonard Matthews, a man whose post war career had been steeped in creating some of the most successful children's comics in UK publishing, it's aim was simply to inform and educate it's readership whilst not losing the essential ingredient of entertaining it's potentially fickle audience.

Not an easy task; the concept of creating a magazine that parents would happily endorse and children would equally happily read had few successful precedents. Matthews solution was to employ the best writers and artists, including some of the greatest comic strip artists of the day to create stories, strips and articles that would present the worlds of science, history, wildlife, literature and travel in as vivid and entertaining a way as possible.

Hence was born Look and Learn and this fabulous book with very little pre-amble represents some of the most visually arresting pages from Look and Learn's twenty year history. Suprisingly the pages still retain the freshness that the images held when they were first published, this is in part due to the editor's wise decision to concentrate much of the collection on Look and Learn's unerring ability to present history as if it has just happened.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was the bees knees 16 Sep 2007
By MackieD
Yes this was the bees knees for all us kids in the 60s and 70s. Great history, great facts all written to enthrall us. This was my introduction to history, dinosaurs etc.

I have now bought this for my 10 year old and I know it will enthrall him as much as it did me. Great to see some of the old publications coming back. Much better than the mind numbing rubbish on the TV or the inane computer games.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING 4 Oct 2007
I cannot express enough excitement about this book.I thought at first this would be a soso look back book as other weekly comic books have been.This is so much better than all the other nostalgia only books.
Look and learn was always more varied than most comics.Where else would you find actor,Edmund Kean alongside castles and historical figures like Dick Turpin and literary figures like Robin Hood.An entire story of the Trigan Empire comic strip is spread across this lovely large book.
If only the Victor or Tiger comic books could be so thorough.Outstanding.Theres no other word for this marvelous book.Alan J.Butcher.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Look & Learn in a Pickle! 28 Nov 2010
As a child of the 70s, Look & Learn was one of my regular weekly comics, replacing the earlier World of Wonder and eventually joining Speed & Power. I particularly liked the superb cover art and the Trigan Empire sci-fi strip by Don Lawrence et al. This large (and I do mean LARGE) format, HB compilation collects many illustrated articles and features a wide range of artists, particularly Ron Embleton and Angus McBride. There is also a complete Trigan story by Don. On the down side, it seems to focus on the 60s at the expense of the 70s, hence I didn't recognise much of the content, despite being a regular reader. Superior, IMO, artists such as Frank Bellamy and Wilf Hardy are under-represented, occupying the last few pages only and there are no captions telling us which artists did which pictures - you have to look at the signatures and do some research. Neither does there appear to be a chronological development through the book nor any captions to tell us which editions the articles came from. The overall result, therefore, is a mish-mash of styles and periods, apparently thrown together, which you have to enjoy selectively and which would have been so much better presented if the points I raise had been addressed. End of term report: "Could do better".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Nostalga! 25 Jan 2013
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A pick from the articles and airwork of my favourite childhood "comic". You get to the end wanting more, I hope they will do a Volume II!
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Published 22 days ago by Mr. Ian Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value
Brilliant value for money for this used book. The bargains you get on the Amazon used book section is quite startling. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Steve W
4.0 out of 5 stars My 14 year old enjoyed it
I also grew up with these. Bought the Trigan Empire collecton from Ebay and both my sons enjoyed it enough that I thought i would take a gamble with this. Read more
Published on 12 May 2011 by Grant Corban
4.0 out of 5 stars Read this and learn!
I can't add too much to the other excellent reviews on this site, however if you're buying this off amazon, I'd recommend you pick a book that's labelled 'Very Good', that means... Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2010 by Mr. C. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia in abundance
Fond memories of Look and Learn from childhood in this wonderful book with all the fabulous illustrations I remember. More please !
Published on 7 Jan 2010 by Rbee
5.0 out of 5 stars The best christmas present ever!!!
This is the best christmas present I've ever had and I'm 46 years young! The superb illustrations make this book a winner. My eyes popped out of my head on Christmas Day. Read more
Published on 1 May 2009 by Stephen Gale
2.0 out of 5 stars Look and Learn
This bumper book of look and learn is interesting as memorabilia.
My kids loved their comic as we lived abroad, and it was a nice link with home. Read more
Published on 24 April 2009 by Nonnobat
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