Thursday, 16 April 2009

Lovely Puffins and Other Things




A restrained offering after the heady and dizzying heights of the Easter weekend. A few vintage Puffin paperbacks for when Iris is (much) older, but I figure it's better to be prepared, eh?

I've never read Stig of The Dump. Until I do, I'll definitely be enjoying the cover, the illustrations are by Edward Ardizzone.


Stig of The Dump by Clive King, illustrated by Edward Ardizzone. Published 1963.

This was one of my favourite childhood books, it's so funny and heart-warming. And this copy has the reassuringly weathered feel of a book that has been read over and over again.


Danny, Champion of the World, by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Jill Bennett. Published 1975.

And actually, they're not all for the future, Tell Me A Story has a nice mix of stories, verse and finger rhymes. Not to mentioned the sweetest, most charming drawings, I'm almost tempted to curl up with it now...






Tell Me A Story - A Collection for The Under-Fives, selected by Eileen Colwell, illustrated by Judith Bledsoe, published in 1962.

And a Picture Puffin for right now, The Rain Puddle. It's illustrated by Roger Duvoisin who wrote The Happy Lion series, which are also wonderful.






The Rain Puddle by Adelaide Holl, pictures by Roger Duvoisin, published 1965.

The cherry tree on our road is just starting to break out in the most fantastic pink pom-pom blossom - look!





And, lastly, on another frivolous and joyful note, look at these ice cream cones, filled with ice-cream-scented (strawberry, chocolate, mint and vanilla) bubbles. Amazing, and they actually all smell delicious. I'm not sure who loves them more, Iris or me...



We're off to London for the weekend, got tickets to see Bat for Lashes tomorrow, so I'll be back with exciting tales next week. Happy weekend!

17 comments:

karly / design crisis said...

oh, I love Roald Dahl. have you ever read any of his grown-up short stories? so so good!

Have a great time in London!

Fine Little Day said...

I have two of these ice cream (bubble) bottles too :)

nath said...

Hello Karly, are you quite recovered? Yes, I have a couple of Penguin paperbacks of his short stories, they're macabre and darkly witty so what's not to love?! Have you heard of Tales of The Unexpected? It's a tv programme from the 1970s, some of his stories were adapted...

Elizabeth - are they the cutest thing? I saw them at a friend's house this week and had to do a Google search as soon as I got home! Hers were bigger though actually...

Naomi Devlin said...

I just picked up a load of classics for Fin; The Secret Garden, Just So Stories, Hucklebury Finn, Treasure Island and Wind In The Willows, can't wait!

He loved Danny Champion of the World, but I had completely forgotten about Stig of the Dump. Just remembered Mrs Fisby and the Rat's of Nimn too.....

So much literature and so little time.

I love those illustrations, especially the crazy 1970's animals, what gorgeous colours!

x x x

louloulovesbooks said...

Loving the new look and the new books...I love finding books I read as a child. I've kept the best of my children's outgrown collections. It's really hard to give that stuff away.
Have a nice weekend

Laura said...

I loved 'Stig of the Dump' growing up. Thanks for reminding me of such a great book.

erin@designcrisis said...

Awesome books, and I was going to name my baby Iris if it were a girl! That was my grandmother's name. Love it.

Francesca said...

that stig of the dump is so familiar, we must have had it. and i love the rain puddle, gorgeous illustrations.

Natalie said...

I Iove the animal illustration! Great vintage colours

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