book review – up my street

up my street by louise lockhart

up my street by louise lockhart - ironmongers

almost as soon as i started following louise lockhart (aka the printed peanut) on instagram, i noticed that she had made a book, which just so happens to be the one on the blog today! it’s called up my street and you can buy it from her shop (amongst other wonderful things).

the book has pages, printed back and front, on lovely thick recycled paper. it comes in a concertina format and the tops are cut to mimic the shape of a roof.

where to start? what a fantastic book! to be fair, before i bought it i knew i’d love it as i love louise’s style and general aesthetic. the colours are super vibrant and i love the colour scheme maintained throughout.

up my street - monte carlo cafe and nanette's outfitters

up my street - sweet shop and indian take away

on the other side of these pages is a little bit of text ‘behind’ the shops written in rhyme about the shop owners or shops themselves. so sweet! i would love to come across these shops in real life, especially if they looked exactly like this.

i really enjoy all the textures, patterns and attention to detail (like the birds and the sweets in the sweet jars), and the people looking and walking by the shops, as it adds to the charm of the book and makes it feel like you could step into this colourful little world. i know i’d want to.

if you look beyond the bright colours and cheery facade, this book is a reminder – and celebration – of the shops that are no longer (or soon to be) existing on the typical high street nowadays. launderettes, ironmongers, groceries etc.

this is a truly delightful book that i will treasure for many years to come. i urge you to buy one, whether for yourself, a friend, or your child. well suited to all ages, i’d say, and it’ll definitely make your day(s) a little brighter.

up my street - launderette and greengrocer

up my street - bakery and ice cream van

up my street by louise lockhart

up my street by louise lockhart

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  • Reply Molly 10/08/2015 at 14:03

    I absolutely love the colours in that book. Totally up my street with those vibrant, clashing tones!

    • Reply laura redburn 12/08/2015 at 16:15

      yes! the colours are the best, and just suits the whole thing so perfectly.

  • Reply Lyzi 10/08/2015 at 15:24

    This looks wonderful!

  • Reply Laura 10/08/2015 at 23:14

    Oh wow what a beautiful designed book – really special, thanks so much for sharing this Laura as I don’t think I would of come across her otherwise – so talented

    Laura x

    • Reply laura redburn 12/08/2015 at 16:15

      special is the right word! so unique, and so wonderful.

  • Reply Jess @ Along Came Cherry 11/08/2015 at 07:35

    It looks great, I love all the colours!

  • Reply Eleanor 11/08/2015 at 12:47

    I love illustrators who, when they do people, put a lot of effort into their little feet – and these are awesome!

    • Reply laura redburn 12/08/2015 at 16:14

      haha, yes! i love when certain details that might normally get left out have a little more attention paid to them.

  • Reply Adele @ Circus Queen 12/08/2015 at 15:35

    What a gorgeous little book. I’m quite tempted to buy it as a gift for someone.

    • Reply laura redburn 12/08/2015 at 16:13

      she has a 10% discount at the moment too, i think it’s ‘summertime’ but it should say on the site.

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