Posts Tagged: prize books

So Improving it hurts.

Unsavory doings

Aircraftman Poke. By Chris Savery (see what I did there?). Lutterworth Press, London, 1958 (this printing 1963). This is one of those titles that just make me stare in disbelief when it turns up on a sale table. What on

Unsavory doings

Aircraftman Poke. By Chris Savery (see what I did there?). Lutterworth Press, London, 1958 (this printing 1963). This is one of those titles that just make me stare in disbelief when it turns up on a sale table. What on

Get it while you can

That Exciting Holiday. By Nigel Strong. London, C.S.S.M (Children’s Special Service Mission?), nd (guess: 1940s). Treasure! Burglars! Philately! Adventure! Rescues! Reward money! all ‘Interwoven with the theme of divine mercy’ — so you know it’s got to be exciting. (I

Get it while you can

That Exciting Holiday. By Nigel Strong. London, C.S.S.M (Children’s Special Service Mission?), nd (guess: 1940s). Treasure! Burglars! Philately! Adventure! Rescues! Reward money! all ‘Interwoven with the theme of divine mercy’ — so you know it’s got to be exciting. (I

Children can be cruel

Children’s authors even more so. Having invented an unkindly childish nickname for her protagonist, the author proceeds to use it relentlessly all the way through. Lead by example: that’s what I say! Thistledown Tony.  By Constance Savery. Victory Press, London,

Children can be cruel

Children’s authors even more so. Having invented an unkindly childish nickname for her protagonist, the author proceeds to use it relentlessly all the way through. Lead by example: that’s what I say! Thistledown Tony.  By Constance Savery. Victory Press, London,

The notable sequel

Kiddie of the Camp. By Robert Leighton.  Pearson, London, 1922. This, of course, is the absolutely fabulous sequel to Kiddie the Scout. Which is a vast relief for me, because I’ve already made all of my camp kiddie jokes. You

The notable sequel

Kiddie of the Camp. By Robert Leighton.  Pearson, London, 1922. This, of course, is the absolutely fabulous sequel to Kiddie the Scout. Which is a vast relief for me, because I’ve already made all of my camp kiddie jokes. You

But they suit her

A Knight in Petticoats DM Percy Smith, The Sheldon Press, London nd (1930s) Equal opportunity School stories for young knights.  

But they suit her

A Knight in Petticoats DM Percy Smith, The Sheldon Press, London nd (1930s) Equal opportunity School stories for young knights.  

It’s in the details

Be Prepared! or the Making of a Scout. By Argyll Saxby, London: SW Partridge, (nd, circa 1935). Not captured for the title, or the wonderfully improbable picture on the front board*, but simply for its thrilling list of Other Titles

It’s in the details

Be Prepared! or the Making of a Scout. By Argyll Saxby, London: SW Partridge, (nd, circa 1935). Not captured for the title, or the wonderfully improbable picture on the front board*, but simply for its thrilling list of Other Titles

S.Q.II

A Sea-Queen’s Sailing. By Charles W. Whistler, London: Nelson & Sons, (nd, looks 1910s). This, of course, is my second Sea Queen book. The first was far more Improving, but this one looks much more exciting. This was a second

S.Q.II

A Sea-Queen’s Sailing. By Charles W. Whistler, London: Nelson & Sons, (nd, looks 1910s). This, of course, is my second Sea Queen book. The first was far more Improving, but this one looks much more exciting. This was a second