- Hardcover: 72 pages
- Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd; 1st edition (24 Sept. 1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0224008080
- ISBN-13: 978-0224008082
- Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 22 x 1.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Butterfly Ball and The Grasshopper's Feast Hardcover – 24 Sep 1973
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About the Author
William Plomer was a South African novelist, literary editor, and poet.
Alan Aldridge is the British artist whose airbrush illustrations of fantasy scenes defined the graphic style of the sixties. Working with some of the greatest artists of his generation, including the Beatles and Andy Warhol, Aldridge created groundbreaking posters, book illustrations, and album covers. His debut children s book, THE BUTTERFLY BALL AND THE GRASSHOPPER'S FEAST, won the prestigious Whitbread Children s Book Award." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The artwork is truly enchanting; even now, in such modern times, I'd wager it could spark the imagination of any child. Likewise, the verses are so wonderfully written; they leap off the page just as brightly as the pictures themselves.
It must be 12 years or more since I last thumbed these pages; but I remember it now as vividly as ever: Mr Mole, in particular, whose velvet jacket looked immensley realistic.
This is one of those books that stays with you: I challenge anyone who owned it as a child not to recall it with such warmth as I have here.
A best buy for anyone with younger children (I'd say anywhere from 2-8 years); indeed it makes a wonderful addition to any collection.
But best of all has to be the exquisite Esmeralda, Seraphina and Camilla, three caterpillars with accordeon-like bodies and pretty pastel parasols.
A magical book.
I've known of this book for over 30 years, having first read it when staying with my stepmother as a child. It captivated me with the color and story. As an adult I had almost forgotten the story but the images stayed in my head. I often thought "I really should buy it as it is such a lovely memory" and have long looked for a copy. My significant other at first thought I was being sentimental until he read it and, like me, has fallen in love with the story and images. So much so, he's taken it to school and read it to his class!
I would recommend it as a purchase for a lovely family heirloom. To own this book is to own a treasure. To be able to pass it down through the generations is something special.
All in all, a terrific purchase and one that has bought a nostalgic warmth back. The seller was terrific and I am so grateful to her for passing the book on so well and in such wonderful condition.
Buy this book!
As I revisited every page, my eyes welled with tears.Every page I turned, a new character on a new adventure.
And nothing compares to the immaculately detailed pictures. The more you look the more you see is an understatement.
Alan Aldridge is truley an artist after any child's and adult heart. Combined with William Plomer, a match made in heaven.
My only wish is, I were on my way to the Ball.
My character, I think is Mr Kingfisher, every word from this page resinated in my heart for over the last 30 years.
Finally the book I longed for in my hands, I shall never let it go again.
Read it,see it. Adult or child. You will not be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this book has so many memories for me and i am delighted to own it again. the artwork is phenomenal and the poetry beautifulPublished 10 months ago by S. Cribben
Better than I expected for 1p! Quick delivery also. So pleased.Published 15 months ago by Mrs Anne C Watt
This is the loveliest book for anybody who loves really good illustrations and clever rhymes. I would recommend this to any parent with small children. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Anne Evans
Excellent value for money. Love this book, gave it away accidentally, but so pleased I managed to find it again. Highly recommend this seller, very promptPublished on 28 Oct. 2014 by R