Mad March Sale – Celia Berridge’s Children’s Party


‘Tales From Postman Pat’ by John Cuncliffe, illustrated by Celia Berridge. W.H. Smith, 1986.

I am annoyed.

Years of teaching in a primary school has given me a decent knowledge of children’s literature, but I know nothing about Celia Berridge, the illustrator of the above card.

So, I searched the internet. Nothing, or very little information about her life. Plenty of books she has written and illustrated, but not much about her as a person. How many times have I trawled the internet trying to find information about a woman illustrator and found zilch? Many times. The emphasis is on the ‘woman’ illustrator, if you didn’t pick that up. Don’t get me started.

Eventually I found some details on a 1976 dust jacket. At the time she was living in Greenwich, London, with her husband and two children. She had been a teacher and taught in primary schools in Deptford and Bermondsey.

John Cuncliffe, however, could be my specialist subject on Mastermind. I have been a big fan of his for many years. My job here, though, is to give the illustrator credit. So please accept my apologies, Celia.

As to the history of this particular book…no idea where I acquired it.

If you have been following my March Sale stuff, you will know the rest…

This month I am making a determined attempt to get some of the ‘old stock’ from under my bed, and into the sale section of my shop. These are cards I made years ago, onto which my former contact details have been written. I will put a new card into my shop each day, for the whole month. Each will cost £2.50, less than half the price of my current cards. They are totally unique and come with a sewn upcycled envelope.

Although it will only scratch the surface, I aim to try and post (however briefly) every day in March.

As usual, this card is made from a cereal box and is super eco-friendly, as everything used was rescued from the bin.

This particular card depicts a scene from a child’s birthday party.

See you tomorrow,

Alison x

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