Boys and Girls: A Ladybird Book of Childhood (Gift Book) Hardcover – 27 Sep 2007
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Daily Express – 18th June
Boys and Girls is a warm and affectionate look at a collection of books that, in addition to teaching most of us to read, inspired many of us with lifelong passions. It seems in this golden age of retro reading Ladybird has a future'
Publishing News – 27th July - Top Title for Humour and Gift books
A gorgeous production number this, full colour, amusing commentary and so many familiar images decorating the pages. There must be thousands of us…all happy to shell out 20 quid to make this one of the top titles this Christmas
The Bookseller – 3rd August 2007
Autumn for Nostalgia
The book promises to recall and age when school dinners included liver and onions instead if turkey twizzlers, holidays included caravans and a bucket and spade, and craft sessions involving sticky backed plastic were ubiquitous. It will be supported by a range of vintage Ladybird-branded-merchandise, including cards, stationary and even deck chairs.
Sunday Times, Style Magazine – 26th August
Featured in 'Going Up' column on Style Barometer
Guardian Online– 3rd September
Boys and Girls: A Ladybird Book of Childhood. Full of familiar images from 60 years of Ladybird books, it reflects the astonishing worldwide influence of Ladybird on young children's minds, activities and literacy skills
From the Publisher
Boys and Girls is a celebration of childhood - a golden age of childhood - captured through words and pictures from the vintage world of Ladybird Books Ltd. Using the unique and incomparable artwork from the Ladybird archive to illustrate the common themes of childhood, this is a book that will resonate with everyone who grew up in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
Everyone has their favourite Ladybird book. Which one is yours?
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Top Customer Reviews
A gem to be treasured.
While I'd give the book 5 stars for its original content and the concept, I do find it slightly let down by the current day additions. These consist of contributions from various children of the 50s, 60s and 70s with their reminiscences - which are mixed - plus short essays on subjects such as School or The Seaside which I don't find particularly insightful and finally, what seem to be "soundbite" reminiscences accompanying some of the illustrations. These "soundbites" are a bit odd: firstly, it's not immediately clear that they are NOT the original text and they don't really add anything for me - the original pictures really do speak for themselves.
Despite the criticisms, I'd like to thank the compilers and publishers for bringing out this book - it's made at least one middle-aged girl very happy!
You'll probably bore everyone in the near vicinity with your cries of "Ooooh I remember that one?" and "Do you remember...?" But the fun thing is, everyone had different favourites and there's something in here for everyone.
I was slightly disappointed that not all the front covers of books were included, as I'd liked to have seen pictures of more of my own particular favourites. But...lots ARE there and all the books are listed so if you've not quite remembered the title of one, this will clarify your memory.
An enjoyable trip down memory lane from pretending games and school milk with straws, to making things and junior science!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm older than these nostalgists, and to me this is the purest kitsch - kind of a cross between Norman Rockwell and Mabel Lucie Attwell, if not as dire as Louis Wain, but... Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2011 by Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso'
I bought this for my sister-in-law who was of primary school age in the 1960s, and spent a long time reading it myself(! Read morePublished on 20 Nov. 2009 by mumof2