"One hot summer in Itching Down,
Four million wasps flew into town..."
And so begins this utterly delightful story of a town invaded by a huge swarm of wasps, and how the townspeople come together to ingeniously mastermind the wasps' removal by trapping them inside a... humongous jam sandwich!!!
We love this book :-) We love it for how happy it feels to read out loud... such catchy, rhyming verse! We love it for all the silly detail to spot in the pictures. And we love the madcap way in which the plan is orchestrated - all the vastly scaled-up, eccentrically-clever stages of bread-baking and sandwich-making:
("...They hitched it up, with a bit of fuss,
To tractors, cars and the village bus,
And took it to the oven they had made on the hill -
Fifty cookers in an old brick mill")
- concluding, naturally, with contagious jubilation at the end for a job done so well :-)
Two of my favorite books when I was little! So happy to have found them for our little guy (especially since The Catalog is now out of print!). Jasper Tomkins came to my elementary school and read to us...we actually had a lot of amazing authors roll through the Indian Reservation! I don't think many kids experience that sort of thing these days. Now I'm looking for recommendations--tell me your favorite childhood titles!
1 x day (in theory)....just read word of master illustrator John Vernon Lord "Finding it 'difficult' to draw is perhaps just as important as being possessed of a certain amount of natural talent for it".....clinging onto that!
"Meanwhile, high above the field,
Six flying machines whirred and wheeled,
Ready for the wasps to take the bait.
And then there was nothing to do but wait." From "The Giant Jam Sandwich" by John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway. I'd forgotten all about this one, thanks for the reminder, @readthelibrary!
John is my ex-tutor and a friend to spend very long lunches with. He can also be wonderfully poetically rude... "A handsome new bull has been installed in the field next to us with shining ring in nose and dangling genitalia which swings to and fro in pendulous fashion as he munches upon the fresh rain soaked grass." #sketchbook#johnvernonlord#drawing
Pages from illustrator John Vernon Lord's diaries which he has been keeping since the sixties. He probably has the smallest neatest writing you will ever see and is a master of detailed cross hatching. These diaries are a lovely look into a very particular imagination & creative process. Well worth seeing if you're in Ditchling.
Wiggo uses his National Art Pass for the first time, visiting Ditchling Museum. Looked at an old art college tutor's sketchbooks, John Vernon Lord. "Good Lord!" said Wiggo. "Oh dear, oh dear" replied his manager.
What an incredible body of work @johnvernonlord has produced over the years. Here are just some of his books (new and second-hand) currently selling like hot cakes in our shop to complement our appropriately titled exhibition of his work 'A Catalogue of Life'. You'll probably recognise some ... #johnvernonlord
An afternoon well spent at Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft. A wall of John Vernon Lord's diaries is a real treat for the eyeballs. And it's slightly alarming to discover that I can buy two cucumbers at the same price as they were in the 1980's. (Or less, if I go to Lidl.) #johnvernonlord#ditchlingmuseum#ditchling#museum
New season starts today! It's amazing how the museum can be transformed by its new exhibits - the warmth and flourishes of #williammorris and the work of the Ditchling Press as part of #thebookbeautiful at one end, while at the other we have stunning textures and colours courtesy of #tadekbeutlich and #dyeingnow (our #ethelmairet live research project). Meanwhile in the wunderkammer, the intricately illustrated diaries of #johnvernonlord will amaze you with their detail & skill. Start planning your visit!