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book review – animal fair

animal fair by alice and martin provensen

as a huge fan of alice and martin provensen, i am so happy that i own this! i had been looking for a copy of animal fair by alice and martin provensen on amazon, realising i’d have to settle (happily, mind you) for a newer version when i suddenly decided to look on ebay. and boy, am i glad i did! i found this original 60’s version and although it’s not in the best ever condition, i absolutely love it. it’s almost a3 in size too, so i get to truly revel in the wonderful illustrations.

endpapers from animal fair by alice and martin provensen

animal fair

birds in animal fair by alice and martin provensen

if you’ve not heard of alice and martin provensen, they are an american couple who illustrated many books, some of which they wrote too. their style is instantly recognisable, and i’d say very of its time. animal fair features stories and poems by the couple, interspersed with the odd illustrated game.

this, along with their other books have such an overwhelming charm, and i don’t know whether that’s due to their delightful illustrations or their kind and warm way of writing. i hope over time to collect more original book editions too.

are you a fan of vintage/illustrated books? i would love your recommendations!

fun animal guessing game

animal fair illustrated by alice and martin provensen

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  • Reply Alice Young 01/06/2015 at 23:17

    It’s awesome that you managed to get yourself an original copy, the illustrations are so cute!

    • Reply laura redburn 07/06/2015 at 21:33

      when i saw it on ebay i thought ‘no waaay’ and then when i actually won it i thought ‘NO WAAAAAY!’ haha. safe to say i was excited. have you seen their other work, if not, you should check it out :)

  • Reply Jessica 02/06/2015 at 13:51

    such a cute book! i went through a phase about 7 years ago of collecting those little golden books everyone use to have as kids because you could always find them at op-shops for 50c and they have the sweetest illustrations in them. :)

    • Reply laura redburn 07/06/2015 at 21:34

      i never ever find good books in charity shops around here! i always have to resort to ebay. well, sometimes if i’m lucky i might find something in a shop, in which case i often snap it/them up.

  • Reply Oscar Grillo 22/07/2016 at 15:30

    Today I saw a copy on sale for five pounds, the lady who sold it saw my face and gave it to me for one pound instead!

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