The death was announced of Douglas Keen (aged 95), the editorial director of Ladybird books: responsible for the first experience of reading of millions of children (1960s) … The world depicted has been criticised for its ingenuous depiction of middle class family life … Keen was a product of a broken working-class family and the books may have represented an aspirational ideal: the renewal and optimism of post-war England.

I have long been seeking an excuse to include these spoof book titles here and now I have the opportunity.


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I love Wendy Cope’s poem (Reading Scheme) on the same theme – another clever spoof about that ubiquitous reading scheme that so dominated the shelves for 2 decades.

Here is Peter. Here is Jane. They like fun.

Jane has a big doll. Peter has a ball.

Look, Jane, look! Look at the dog

See him run!

 

Here is mummy. She has baked a bun

Here is the milkman. He has come to call.

Here is Peter. Here is Jane. They like fun

Go Peter! Go Jane! Come, milkman, come!

 

The milkman likes mummy. She likes them all.

Look, Jane, look! Look at the dog. See him run!

Here are the curtains. They shut out the sun.

Let us peep! On tiptoe, Jane! You are small.

 

Here is Peter. Here is Jane. They like fun.

I hear a car, Jane. The milkman looks glum.

Here is daddy in his car. Daddy is tall.

Look, Jane, look! Look at the dog. See him run!

 

Daddy looks very cross. Has he a gun?

Up milkman! Up milkman! Over the wall.

Here is Peter. Here is Jane. They like fun.

Look, Jane, look! Look at the dog

See him run!

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