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Get ready to change your clocks…

The clocks will be going back an hour on Sunday 28 October as British Summer Time (BST) moves to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Don’t be ‘alarmed’…be ready for an hour more in bed! Grab an extra hour of sleep this Sunday or relax in bed with a good book. If you need some inspiration, find a few illustrated by Mabel here   Why do we change our clocks? The idea of moving clocks forwards and backwards came to Britain from America. Benjamin Franklin, an American politician and inventor, first suggested it in 1784. He thought that if people got up earlier, when it was lighter, then it would save on candles. Back in Britain, a leaflet called The Waste of Daylight was...

It’s World Smile Day…

Mabel’s sayings make us smile everyday! Digging around in the archives of Mabel Lucie Attwell treasures is always a happy treat – so to celebrate World Smile Day we thought we’d share a few of our favourites... It’s great to see these beautiful illustrations, full of fun, wit, and joy come out of the archives to ‘make people laugh’ – the thing Mabel loved to do most. We know from the many letters Mabel received during her lifetime, that her art meant so much to so many people. From inspiring everyone to calm down and carry on in the face of two World Wars or to take ‘the steam out of the family battleground’, Mabel’s work brought comfort and laughter to homes...

Mabel and one of Britain's favourite authors – a shared love of making people smile

The Water-Babies paperback brings a touch of sparkle to our range of books  In an exciting addition to our paperback collaborations with publishers, Macmillan, Mabel's original line artwork vividly brings to life the story of one of Britain's most gifted writers. Fascinating characters – Lord of all the fish, Mrs Bedonebyasyoudid, Mrs Doasyouwouldbedoneby, molly-mocks, the Examiner-of-all-Examiners, water-babies and a young boy called Tom – leap off the page and capture imaginations. Go on an adventure with a young boy called Tom into an underwater world. Discover fairies, insects and water nymphs as Tom starts a new life full of wonder and excitement. First published by Macmillan in 1863, The Water-Babies is still one of the most unusual and enchanting children’s books ever written....

I’se just arrived...

The stories behind the name Boo-Boos  The recent happy announcement by Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans, about the arrival of twins Boo and Walt, made us think about Mabel’s Boos and all their fun-filled adventures. So we thought we’d share some of Mabel Lucie Attwell’s illustrations to wish Chris, his wife Natasha and sons Noah and Eli huge congratulations on the new arrivals to their family. ‘Motherhood was the wonderful thing in my life,’ said Mabel, reflecting fondly on family times spent with her husband Harold and three children. Perhaps reading stories together at bedtime inspired Mabel to invent her own world of make-believe. And so, in 1921, The Boo-Boos’ stories began…in which the cheeky ‘do-good’ fairies enjoy many adventures with a young...

In a shiny new paperback, Mabel’s much-loved original drawings lead to the enchanted world of Never-Land

‘People say I’m laughing when I draw a picture. When I am drawing a bad goblin, I often have someone in mind.’ Mabel talking to Carolyn Scott for Modern Woman magazine, October 1961 PETER PAN AND WENDY When J.M. Barrie insisted his publishers ask Mabel Lucie Attwell to illustrate the first edition of Peter Pan and Wendy for younger readers, a bestseller was born. In this new paperback, the beautiful original line artwork created by Mabel, once again, transports the reader into the enchanting world of Never-Land.   The classic tale follows the Darling children – Wendy, John and Michael – who befriend the magical Peter and are whisked away to the Never-Land, where the villainous Captain Hook and the...

Mabel book launch!

Alice in Wonderland & Peter Pan and Wendy republished  Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan and Wendy were launched in style at Chris Beetles popular art gallery in St James's, London in December 2016. The event, promoted by Mabel Lucie Attwell publishers Macmillan and hosted by Chris Beetles, featuring Mabel Lucie Attwell originals in his current exhibition The Illustrators 2016. The launch, attended by national press and joined by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, was a great celebration of Mabel Lucie's work going back on the shelves, just in time for Christmas shoppers to enjoy these gorgeous, nostalgic gift books.

The Water-Babies re-published!

Celebrating 150th Anniversary   Mabel Lucie Attwell's stunning colour plates adorn this exciting new edition, celebrating the 150th anniversary of The Water-Babies first publication with her illustrations in 1915.  Once upon a time there was a little chimney sweep, and his name was Tom… so begins the most famous of British Victorian preacher, Charles Kingsley’s fairytales. A blend of fantasy and reality, Kingsley merges moral lessons with fairytale imagination in telling Tom’s story from brutal poverty to exciting underwater adventures as a 'water-baby'. The Water-Babies was one of the earliest books published specifically for children, first published by Macmillan in 1863, even before Alice in Wonderland. It was extremely popular, appealing both to adults and children. Celebrating the 150th anniversary of this publication with Mabel...

The Boo-Boos

Cheeky ‘do-good’ fairies    It was the green umbrella’s doing really, for if he had not suddenly turned inside out and flown away over the seas, carrying Bunty, Mops, and Queen Elizabeth with him, they would never have found the Boo Boos. That’s for certain!   And so The Boo-Boos’ story begins… this is the first of the popular series written and illustrated by Mabel Lucie Attwell in the 1920s, encouraged by her publishers Valentine & Sons. The six little books are now relative rarities. The jaunty little ‘do-good’ elves created by Mabel Lucie Attwell have all kinds of adventures, led by their leader, a crown-wearing King. With Bunty, a young girl, her toy doll Queen Elizabeth and Mops her...

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