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.
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.