Thursday, 17 January 2013
Snugglepot and Cuddlepie - May Gibbs
My original copy was given to me by my maternal grandfather. It was a large format hardcover, with sepia toned illustrations throughout, just like the ones I've included here, and half a dozen glossy, coloured plates. It had an inscription in it, in his beautiful, old-fashioned script. It was never in my bookcase for long because I read it and read it and read it - over and over, constantly. Snugglepot, Cuddlepie, Little Ragged Blossom and Mr Lizard were my good friends. Conversely, Mrs Snake sent shivers down my spine, and to this day, walking past a banksia tree is slightly creepy - those Big, Bad Banksia Men could come after me, and that wouldn't be a good thing!