Puffin Picture Books -my newest enthusiasm. I love illustrated children's books, particularly those I remember from my childhood. But also earlier ones from the 40s and 50s. I have a great love for the art and design of this period. Wartime posters are a particular passion. Something for a future post perhaps.
I had to have this book . I was hoping it would have lots of pictures of books I remembered from my childhood. It has some but not as many as I hoped. It covers 70 years after all, including contemporary books such as this....
about which the less said the better. My daughter loves the Wimpy Kid unfortunately. Still, at least she's given up reading books that are covered in glitter.
What caught my attention were the first ever Puffin books -the Puffin Picture books. These were published between 1940 and the early 1960s. They were mostly non-fiction and covered a huge variety of subjects. They were illustrated by some of the leading illustrators of the day and are well written, well designed and educational. None of which can be said for the Wimpy Kid.
And there are still plenty of copies available, second hand of course. Some are rare and expensive. Wild Animals in Britain (with the red squirrel) for instance is well out of my price range, but many are to be had for £5 or less. Amazon is my shop of choice for second hand books but there are others such as Abe Books. Here are my recent purchases.
This one is my favourite. I love the detailed drawings of the British countryside as it used to be. The cover shows one scene but it is Summer on the front and Autumn on the back.
It reminds me of the kind of drawings I used to do as a child, though rather more garishly, I did like my felt pens.
Such detail. I could look at these pictures forever.
This is from Building a House. How a sash window works may not thrill you but I love this illustration for its clarity and elegance.
What no safety helmets?