I set a little instaquiz competition recently, with some questions from my 1950s Penguin quiz book 'Can You Tell Me?' They were on the theme of children's literature, and they stumped most people when challenged to answer them without the aid of the Internet (myself included!)
However @grahamsillars86 was one of the booklovers who gamely rose to the challenge...and as his name was randomly pulled out of a virtual online hat, I'll be curating a special 'Pigeon Post' vintage bookmail for him. This will be winging its way to him shortly. Well done Graham! And thanks to everyone who took part!
For anyone who is curious, here are the answers... Q. What authors created the following characters?
a) Dr Dolittle / Hugh Lofting
b) Christopher Robin / A.A. Milne
c) Babar / Jean de Brunhoff
d) Peter Rabbit / Beatrix Potter
e) Orlando the Marmalade Cat / Kathleen Hale
f) Little Grey Rabbit / Alison Uttley
g) Mrs Tiggy-Winkle / Beatrix Potter
h) Tinker Bell / J.M. Barrie
i) Roger, John, Susan & Titty / Arthur Ransome
j) Bill the Lizard / Lewis Carroll
A few of these I knew, and some I had on my shelves (see pic), but I missed out on Orlando the Marmalade Cat & Little Grey Rabbit when I was growing up. Also Bill the Lizard didn't ring any bells, even tho I've read Alice in Wonderland and seen the Disney animated film! I had no idea Dr Dolittle was originally a book (I only knew the 1967 film with Rex Harrison) and evidently there are a whole series of Dr Dolittle books written by Hugh Lofting!
Fact: The Ba’ Bar takes its name from the Kirkwall Ba’ game (the town-wide rugby scrum-like contest that takes place every year), and much of the produce in its kitchen is sourced from the Orkney islands.. #thedunstane#babar#orkney#edinburgh