We went out for one of our little new year’s traditions this morning, breaking the tedium of the New Year’s restock and raiding the supermarket shelves for cut price Annuals. Steering the children skilfully away from a Flappy Birds cash in, we came away with the old reliable Beano Book and a reprint of some Topper strips. These have already been demolished, but luckily I have a secret weapon in reserve – the very first Puffin Annual from 1974.
I couldn’t believe my luck when I picked this treasure up in Oxfam last year. The contents read like a who’s who from the golden age of children’s literature, promising contributions from Joan Aiken, Roald Dahl, Tove Jansson, Michael Bond, Raymond Briggs, Quentin Blake… the list goes on.
The annual was a spin off from Puffin Post, the groundbreaking children’s book club run by visionary editor Kaye Webb. Open practically any…
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