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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Robert Ayton - Arms and Armour (Ladybird, 1971)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2 comments:

Brian Artillery said...

That last, apocalyptic illustration, has to be the most singularly terrifying image ever included in a book for children. I was eight when I was given this book, and that picture scared me more than 'Doctor Who' or 'UFO' ever did; I was aware that it might actually happen. Seeing it just now after a gap of 44 years still brought a chill. It's frightening simply because there is no hope AT ALL in it. It was a very brave person who said: "Include that illustration." when the book was being compiled. It would never happen now. I have a tiny hope that some children who saw that picture, and were frightened by it's bleak honesty, grew up to be peacemakers. It's that powerful an image. Thank you, Robert Ayton.

Brian Artillery said...

That last, apocalyptic illustration, has to be the most singularly terrifying image ever included in a book for children. I was eight when I was given this book, and that picture scared me more than 'Doctor Who' or 'UFO' ever did; I was aware that it might actually happen. Seeing it just now after a gap of 44 years still brought a chill. It's frightening simply because there is no hope AT ALL in it. It was a very brave person who said: "Include that illustration." when the book was being compiled. It would never happen now. I have a tiny hope that some children who saw that picture, and were frightened by it's bleak honesty, grew up to be peacemakers. It's that powerful an image. Thank you, Robert Ayton.