Spotted net: Keywords

Covers through the ages

In an attempt to index my kw collection I have crudely organised them into three main catagories which I describe as sets A, B and C .(It may be noted that set C can be further classified into matt and glossy catagories). In laymen's terms these are:

  • Set A, the earliest, has a 'hand-written' font on its title and wide-spaced numbering on the spine.
  • Set B has a more blocky title font and narrow spaced numbering on spine; note also the ladybird logo.
  • Set C is completely different in cover presentation, and has revised illustrations.

More sounds to say 5c

A J.H. Wingfield classic: a portable conceptual art exhibition in handy pocket book form - no need for white-walled lofts. Pg 25 surely refers to the state of the NHS in this classic political statement work, pg 17 begs a Freudian analysis and in the true tradition of conceptualism pg 5 defies any interpretation whatsoever. Philistine, moi?

Our friends 6a

Martin Aitchison gives us that warm cosy glow that comes from drinking cocoa, watching Heartbeat or reading Ladybird books just like this one. There are however two sinister elements; firstly why is Mr. Green pg.25 stalking mother and the children on pg43 and why do men wear navy blazers? My theory is that this was at the height of the cold war. This does not however explain why some men continue to wear blazers.

We like to help 6b

Remembrance of things past... A Proustian approach to Key words...

Ok so we've got cherry genoa instead of madeleines with our tea on pg 13 of We like to help (set A) but at least the bottle next to the primus contains Parfait Amour. Either that or it's a lethal combination of matches and meths but surely not with children about. Safety takes a back seat with a lackadaisical approach to seat-belts, life jackets and solvent substances a go-go. I'm surprised there aren't more mishaps. Illustrated by Aitchison.

Reading with sounds. 6c

Wingfield worked with Aitchison on the revised illustrations; it is interesting to note some changes: the cherry pies have been replaced by fruit-cake, Lyons coffee usurped by baked beans, father's casual-wear is exchanged for denims. It's even possible they no longer live in Hampstead (ref. pg33 set A). A remarkable early example of down-shifting.

Happy holiday. 7a

A beautiful example of how Ice-cream vans ought to be on pg. 37 of the earlier version by Wingfield. His later revision lacks the subtlety and dream-like quality of his original illustrations. Although LB archivists may find the picture on pg.49 of interest in the revised book, it otherwise lacks the magic of the 1964 format.

Fun and games 7b

J. H. Wingfield's original takes us on a curious journey of visual non- secateurs. From a standard adventure story of saving a red kite with a splash of self-promotion (Air, Wind and Flight). We are cerebrally assaulted by an image of a Corgi presented with a plate of ice-cream. (Where's Pat?), followed by a curious dialogue between two puppets which could be a scene from a social-workers' 'say no to strangers' workshop on pg. 24. A rather rakish avuncular figure is then buried on the beach by the children.

On pg. 33 the children appear to embrace a proto-deep-ecologist stance with an oak tree... A fire at a stable is another tableau, and probably inspired many a Heartbeat episode. Eventually we see the children running towards mother at the roses with what looks spookily like... oh golly, not garden scissors!

Easy to sound 7c

A lovely selection of illustrations by J.H.Wingfield to delight eye and mind. Note the subtle differences between the original 1966 version with the later (set C) copy. On pg 7 there is an attractive cookery book, a paragon of the mid-60s design school magically transformed into a LB title with a very 70's feel about it./. Jam sponge, it seems, is no longer de rigeur, instead we have the pineapple n' cheese cocktail stick snacks. Have fun spotting the myriad of changes.

On pg 25 there appears to be the first LB reference to nasty food bugs. A must for philatelists everywhere.

Sunny Days 8a

Berry picking time again. Those with the Aitchison revised edition may be surprised to discover an uncredited John Berry illustration on page 35 ( which appears in the 1964 original edition) - this throws up various conspiracy theories -is Berry and Aitchison one and the same? Are there more uncredited illustrations lurking , possibly by someone else entirely unknown? Have I stumbled on something to big to handle? And what is Kilroy doing in the picture on pg 28 of the revised edition -looks like he's setting up an outdoor show. This is getting seriously weird.

The big house 8b

Originally illustrated by Aitchison in 1966 it was revised by him in the 70's.

End of part two...

On the bus
School by John Berry (from 1964 ed. of 3a)
In the shop
Sweet shop by H Wingfield (from 3rd version of 2a)
At home
At Home by Frank Hampson (from 1965 ed. of 5b)

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