Dating ladybird books

Received this as a kind Christmas gift from a couple of friends who know me too well...

Snorted out loud several times - I only wish it was longer!

So once in a while when the big bad world becomes too much for us to handle it becomes necessary to revisit our childhood – a time when life was simpler and our little hearts were full of hope for a happily ever after.

From paying off a mortgage and doing dangerous DIY projects to trying one’s hand at online dating, entering into the prison sentence known as marriage and subsequently procreating…in our old age we’ve probably all come to realise that life as grown-up is certainly no Cinderella story.

This is just one in a new series of books that are intended to help us ‘adults’ make sense of the world by taking us back to the days when we were learning to read using those Peter and Jane books. Those wholesome kids who spent their days skipping through fields of daisies (or whatever it is kids got up to in the days before smartphones and i Pads).

Lots of fully-grown adults can’t get their heads around the concept of dating.

Titles in the new adult range will all begin ”The Ladybird Book of The….” and will cover topics ranging from hipsters, hangovers, wives and dating.

The direction of the books can be summed up by the opening of The Ladybird Book of the Mid-Life Crisis which begins: "When we're young we wonder if we'll be a surgeon or an astronaut. Then one day we can't".“In the original books Mum is at home with the kids and Dad is at work fixing a Lancaster bomber” he said.

They have certainly come a long way from their first date.

My Mum bought me this book for Christmas as a joke and the joke turned out to be even better because the book is hilarious!

I grew up with Ladybird books as a child and hadn't read any of their adult books until this one. Very British humour, very dry, and I was laughing out loud at every single page.

Hazeley and Morris offer a sarcastic spin to the apparently highly popular Ladybird children books, surely familiar to those in the United Kingdom.

Presented with the most tongue-in-cheek comments on the dating world as interpreted through sketches from actual Ladybird books, the reader is able to see just how silly things can get in the world of dating and how mockery or 'taking the piss' can inject humour in a sometimes highly aggravating process.

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