Penguin to publish Ladybird books for grown-ups

Penguin to publish Ladybird books for grown-ups

Penguin Random House will next month publish a series of Ladybird books for grown-ups with titles such as The Ladybird Book of the Mid-Life Crisis and The Ladybird Book of The Hipster.

There are eight books in the ‘Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups’ series, which was created to help adults understand the world about them, according to Michael Joseph, the imprint of Penguin publishing the books. “The large clear script, the careful choice of words, the frequent repetition and the thoughtful matching of text with pictures all enable grown-ups to think they have taught themselves to cope,” the publisher said.

Authors Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris, whose writing credits include the film Paddington and TV comedies Miranda and That Mitchell and Webb Look, pitched the idea of the series to Penguin RandomHouse because of their fond memories of the original Ladybird children’s books, published in the mid 20th century.

The authors decided to pair new text with original illustrations from the children’s books. Morris told the Independent: “It’s a lost illustration style. It’s hard to find commercial illustrators of that calibre any more.”

Morris acknowledged the opportunity he was given in being allowed to play with the Ladybird brand. “It’s like being allowed to mess about with a national treasure. It’s like repainting Saint Paul’s.”

The eight books in the series are: The Ladybird Book of the Mid-Life Crisis, The Ladybird Book of Mindfulness, The Ladybird Book of Dating, The Ladybird Book of Sheds, The Ladybird Book of The Hipster, The Ladybird Book of the Hangover, How it Works: The Husband and How it Works: The Wife.