I have always loved fairy tales.
I’ve tried relentlessly over the years to get lad to like them too, and have almost succeeded, as he does appear partial to a magical yarn or two as part of our repertoire of bedtime reading.
I blame Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone.
I had their Gift Book of Fairy Tales when I was very small and pored over it for years. I loved the illustrations.
So, it was utterly inevitable that when I stumbled across the Fairyland Annual from 1974 for just £1, it would end up in my possession.
I actually think the lovely cover illustration could even be by the aforementioned Janet and Anne, although they are not credited.
The illustrations inside, however, most definitely aren’t.
Nevertheless, I do rather like them. They remind me a bit of my first childhood comic, Twinkle.
There are a superb array of piggy-nosed princesses and pixies and other big-eyed inhabitants of Fairyland.
I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with this little gem. I could repurpose the illustrations. But probably it’ll end up on my bookshelf.
Now and again I might pore over the illustrations, in a nostalgic sort of a way.
But one thing’s for sure – I won’t be reading it to lad.
If I even remotely entertained the thought of that, I’d have to be away with the fairies. ♥