A few scans from one of my favourite Christmas books 'The Santa Claus Book' written and illustrated by the super talented Richard Scarry featuring two unbelievably cute mice.Published in 1969. Merry Xmas!
Whilst we never actually stayed at Butlins I do have memories of childhood day visits to the Butlins in Bognor Regis. The highlight for me was the boating lake which had two small islands in it which were chock full of crazy fibreglass creatures including a huge lumberjack man about 20 feet high complete with giant axe.
(I discovered years later that in america these figures are called 'Muffler Men' as they are usually holding exhaust pipes and stand next to roadside garages)
The boating lake is now long gone and buried underneath their extended car park.
I feel that the end papers in books are a bit of an under rated art form that often gets overlooked.
But they really help to set the style and tone of a book, leading the reader into the story, often in really clever or visually surprising ways whilst creating a sense of anticipation.
These are a couple of my favourites from Ladybird Books.
Both drawn by James Hodgson, the first is from 'Bedtime Rhymes' and the second is from 'The Blue Book of Bedtime Stories'.