Posts Tagged: young readers

They didn’t have YA Lit in the 20s, 30s, or 40s. Just Decent Chaps and Hearty Girls who had Jolly Adventures or Found God (very rarely both).

Just for the record, how many exactly?

A Man Every Inch of Him. By J. Jackson Wray. Nisbet & Co, London, n.d. (very difficult to judge). I think we should all just take a moment now, to appreciate the sublime jacket illustration (marked ‘Cav Sanders’). I suspect

Just for the record, how many exactly?

A Man Every Inch of Him. By J. Jackson Wray. Nisbet & Co, London, n.d. (very difficult to judge). I think we should all just take a moment now, to appreciate the sublime jacket illustration (marked ‘Cav Sanders’). I suspect

And the darkest mystery of all…

Who was wearing them? The Mysterious Trunks. Curiously, although we know the illustrator (Jack Crowe), no author has stepped forward to take responsibility for this exotic juvenile pot-boiler.  (Raphael Tuck — fine art publishers to Their Majesties the King and

And the darkest mystery of all…

Who was wearing them? The Mysterious Trunks. Curiously, although we know the illustrator (Jack Crowe), no author has stepped forward to take responsibility for this exotic juvenile pot-boiler.  (Raphael Tuck — fine art publishers to Their Majesties the King and

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, of course, ask nicely first

Roger the Ranger. by EF Pollard. SW Partridge & co. nd (‘first published in 1893 and frequently reprinted’, this copy is 20s or 30s.) No-one seems to call their children Roger any more. I can’t imagine why. It used to

But, of course, ask nicely first

Roger the Ranger. by EF Pollard. SW Partridge & co. nd (‘first published in 1893 and frequently reprinted’, this copy is 20s or 30s.) No-one seems to call their children Roger any more. I can’t imagine why. It used to

Adventures in trade

Pet and the Baby she Bought. By Faith Chiltern. Epworth: London, nd (circa 1925). Another from the ‘random babies are Improving for Girls’ genre, only this time she’s gone to greater lengths to get one. And it seems to mean

Adventures in trade

Pet and the Baby she Bought. By Faith Chiltern. Epworth: London, nd (circa 1925). Another from the ‘random babies are Improving for Girls’ genre, only this time she’s gone to greater lengths to get one. And it seems to mean

Feel the wind in your riah

The Camp at Sea View Meadow. K.N. Abbott, Blackie, London nd. circa 1929. Well, it’s not very funny, or even very camp, but it’s just adorable, isn’t it? The prose is dire, but I’d expect nothing less. This is one

Feel the wind in your riah

The Camp at Sea View Meadow. K.N. Abbott, Blackie, London nd. circa 1929. Well, it’s not very funny, or even very camp, but it’s just adorable, isn’t it? The prose is dire, but I’d expect nothing less. This is one

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.