Gordon Murray's concept of multiple characters and locations ensured that publishers would never be short of source material. And when Camberwick proved to be such a big hit the juggernaut was set in motion,with every imagineable type of book....and lots of them !
As you'd expect,the majority came out between 1966 and the early 70's.With Camberwick heading the pack,Trumpton coming a fairly close second and Chigley a noticeably poor third. Which is a pretty accurate reflection of their respective popularity,as merchandise sales usually are of course.
But it all added up to the sort of extensive spin-off library that most kids authors can only dream about,and very few even get near.
It's sometimes easy to forget the impact these sorts of books had in those pre-digital days.
And let's hope that future generations of kids are never denied the simple tactile pleasure of actually holding a printed book in their hands.Because it's something e-books can never replace.
Well,as you can probably tell,an apology is in order I'm afraid.
Because,so far,the entire focus of the site has been on all things "non-book".But things are actually moving.......offline.
And 2015 will indeed see some books here,categorised as follows :-
Each of these categories cover all 3 series :-
- Picture books (with drawn illustrations) - This category represents by far the biggest selection.
- Picture books (with photos of the actual puppets and sets)
- Activity books (colouring-in,cut-out etc)