Friday, 21 January 2011

Tootles the Taxi

Hey, Tootles, take me back to the 1950s, it looks nice there! The streets are clean, the houses well-kept, there's nice little shops on the high street, not a Tesco's Metro or a Chelsea Tractor in sight, PLUS people come and deliver buns to your door! Hurrah!
I had this book when I was little (in the 70s) and I'm not sure if this is the exact same copy or whether this one came from a boot sale or somewhere. Both our boys have enjoyed having it read to them despite it being old fashioned - of course that's exactly why I like it. There's something very charming about these nicely executed illustrations of 1950s utopia. I am sure I hardly need to say that it was published by ladybird books, as the format is so recognisable.
Vintage ladybird books now have quite a following and are collectable. If you like these books check out these particularly cool plasters. Worth getting injured for, I reckon!


  1. Glad you like it - and thanks for becoming a follower - my readership has leapt by about ooh 25%!

  2. so many things on your blog that make me smile! This book was my husband's favourite as a boy apparently! His Dad can still recite it word for word lol!!!

  3. This is the first time I have seen this in over 30 years! I used to read it to my sons.

  4. I grew up with this book in the 1950s and the rhymes helped me to learn to read. As an older boy who had outgrown the rhymes, I still often referred to the book to see the illustrations, because I'd become interested in motor vehicles! Very good to see the the book again here.