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Sunday, November 15, 2009

mischief again!

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But this is not the least of what goes around and comes around for pup Floppy and Tinker, a kitten full of bad ideas. Their misadventures were recorded for our delight by Enid Blyton and photographer Paul Kay in Mischief Again! (New York: Roy Publishers, 1954). And if you think this photo is adorable, you should see the whole book. You can if you go to its Internet Archive record (look to the left for "View the book," and click "Read Online").

I'd be the first to admit I am not up on the fashions in children's books these days, but I seem to recall 40 years ago when I was small that kids still had and read photo-essay sorts of books like this, and they haven't now for decades. Remember Dare Wright's "Lonely Doll" series and her other books? Anybody? In recent years someone told me they thought those books were cute, but a little abandoned and creepy. I never thought that. They made perfect sense to me.


Anonymous said...

Well, we don't know much about 40 years ago but our human staff does, who just spent hours wallowing in nostalgia with the old hometown newspaper online. But being cats, we are not much for nostalgia. Why moon over things changing, when you can do as a cat does and never give approval for them to change?

curator said...

Ha! There is THAT way of looking at it too, Good Cats!