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MikeAlx



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:37 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Er, I'm sure it was, Gareth. Lame though the joke was, I was hoping it didn't require an emoticon!  Wink



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're right, it was a lame joke Wink


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't do any others...



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I realise I'm hardly in a position to point the finger myself.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are pretty funny!  Some of them made my jaw hit the floor....

But how are they getting away it?  There is more copyright violation there than you can shake a stick at!

And it seems that they are using cheap labour that has no idea of the content or cultural context of these books.  And that is really bad......



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surely 'lame' is just a synonym for 'subtle'?


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Inspired. Quite inspired. Never in a million years could I have thought up these covers!


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's more...



Because nothing says French Revolution like a kitten in a briefcase.


And there are lots of very literal Wilkie Collins covers like this one:


If you have a spare few minutes, it's certainly worth browsing the Tutis Classics website to see what they have to offer.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I picked up a copy of Ballet Shoes the other day and found it has been repackaged for its 70th birthday (or something, don't have it with me as I didn't buy it). Unfortunately its repackaging fits with the current trend for anything from books to gardening tools to Lego being made in vile  shades of pink to attract girl consumers. Ballet Shoes is a fantastic story for girls (and boys? Who knows if they ever read it?) and yes, it is about ballet, but about so much more, and there is the wonderful Petrova with her engineering skills!! I just know that if I had picked up this cover when I was a child, with its icky shade of icing-pink and its silvery ribbons and dangling satin pumps, it would have put me right off! It would have appeared as an utterly saccharine and silly story. I do wish packaging could be a bit more brave, and tasteful!!

I loved ballet - or the idea of ballet - as a child and had a few factual books about it, but I just don't remember them being so extremely pink and in cliched 'feminine' style. They tended to have serious covers with photos of professional dancers on them.
Or you could have a real dancer's feet, with worn shoes and calluses, which is the reality of ballet.

Will see if I can find it on Amazon and post a link.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.collectingbooksandmagazines.com/streat.html

There are some beautiful appealing covers on this site, with a list of all of Noel Streatfeild's many publications. They don't immediately look like books only for girls. She did write a number of books with "shoes" in the title, but looking on Amazon it seems that some of her others were relaunched to fit this "shoes" theme, thus a book about ice-skating originally called White Boots was sold as Skating Shoes. The Amazon list looks like a real brand, as if she just reuses the same old formula, whereas from the site devoted to her many books, most I imagine out of print, her writing was much wider than this. She worked as a social worker and was well aware that children's lives could be hard, and she wrote about some gritty subjects.    

I can't find the cover I saw - newish, but in a secondhand bookshop - but contrast these with the ones on the site at the top.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ballet-Sh...TF8&qid=1348145318&sr=1-1

Some fairly recent cover designs for Ballet Shoes have been more tasteful but still very "sweet". Here is a recent version of White Boots. Interesting to see that they send out a message mainly of glitz and glamour.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/White-Boo...TF8&qid=1348145612&sr=1-2

There was a lovely disapppointed review on Amazon saying Ballet Shoes was a misleading title as there was hardly anything at all about ballet in it!



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