Gwyneth Mamlok: Candy and the Golden Eagle

In 2013 I wrote about my love of Gwyneth Mamlok's series of Candy picture books. These were the stories I enjoyed most as a young girl growing up in the 1960s. In my original post I left out pictures of the third book in the series, Candy and the Golden Eagle, which was published by Thomas Nelson... Continue Reading →

Topsy and Tim’s Snowy Day

Four years ago I wrote that I had ruined my vintage copy of Topsy and Tim's Snowy Day by scrawling over it in pen. In a lovely Christmas surprise, I've just unearthed the book and discovered that it's only the front cover that has been spoiled. Fortunately, the back cover image is identical (see above).... Continue Reading →

Gwyneth Mamlok’s Candy Books

Illustrated children's fiction from the 1960s is so popular now that I was surprised to find that Gwyneth Mamlok's Candy series is still languishing in obscurity. I have Googled in vain for biographical information about the author and illustrator of the six Candy titles that were published in the mid-60s by Thomas Nelson and Sons.... Continue Reading →

This is Edinburgh

Colourful, informative, humorous and cosmopolitan, the work of Miroslav Sasek is all over the internet these days. The Czech author and illustrator died in 1980, but thanks to a series of reprints from Universe Publishing, many of his popular "This is . . ." titles no longer languish in obscurity. If, like me, you follow... Continue Reading →

Topsy and Tim

Topsy and Tim have been back in the news again this month. The rosy-cheeked twins, who were created by Jean and Gareth Adamson, made their debut in print in 1960 and have survived five decades of makeovers, reformatting and changes in publisher. Now these children of the 60s have been relaunched as a live-action series... Continue Reading →

The Sunshine Book

Now here is a childhood favourite that delivers exactly what you expect. The Sunshine Book, published in 1965 by the aptly named Golden Pleasure Books, is a book about the sun that's been cut into a (near) circular shape. They had to leave a straight edge for the (now rusty) staples that are still holding... Continue Reading →

Freddy the Fell Engine

Here's another recently unearthed gem from my childhood library, Freddy the Fell Engine, published in 1966. Freddy is one of a group of colourful steam engines operating out of a town called Cross Creek. Despite his popularity with the passengers, poor Freddy is a bit of slowcoach, generating a lot of smoke and heat as... Continue Reading →

Miffy and me

Defacing books is a deplorable habit, though I'm sure I wasn't the first child to take a pencil to Dick Bruna's deceptively simple illustrations. Miffy the rabbit made her debut in print in the mid-1950s, but it was 1967 when I received a copy of Miffy in the snow. I know this because my mother... Continue Reading →

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