Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Ladybird's new books for grown-ups are all our work woes

password ladybird.jpg

There's a new series of Ladybird books for grown-ups that perfectly nail the trifling woes of modern adults - especially anyone who's ever worked in an office.

Last year saw the launch of the hugely successful series that wittily repurposes pictures from the classic children's books so many of us grew up with to parody modern themes such as hipsters, mindfulness and online dating.


Read more: These are the UK’s favourite pearls of Winnie-the-Pooh wisdom


Now, a whole new batch of manuals are out in time for Christmas, authored once again by comedy writers Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris and accompanied with colourful illustrations from the original mid-20th-century favourites.

The new titles include The Ladybird Book of the Sickie, The Ladybird Book of Red Tape and The Ladybird Book of the Meeting but, as Rihanna might say, it's not all work work work work work work. They also cover zombies, students, the uncomfortable but indisputable truth about how dogs really smell, and snowflake issues thrown up by middle-class living, including noise-polluting hairdryers and pets that eat only organic.

Red tape

ladybird

That phone though

ladybird

Preach

“We’ve been fans of Ladybird since we were old enough to fall over with any dignity,” Hazeley and Morris said. “Being allowed to have fun with Ladybird’s astonishing picture archive is a ridiculous privilege - like being the official custard pie supplier to a Buckingham Palace garden party.

“It’s great to see how many people love Ladybird books as much as we do, and that it’s not only us who’d appreciate a helping hand with the baffling world of being a grown-up.”

Meetings

ladybird

We go for the coffee

ladybird

Scarily accurate

Sickies

the sickie

Because biscuits cure everything

ladybird

Mmm, kebab pillow

Pampered pets

ladybird

Columbo deserves the best

Neighbours

ladybird

Everybody needs good...

ladybird

Time for a Dyson?

The hardback books are out on 20 October, priced £6.99 each.

Related

michelle-obama-cool-photos-2.JPG

“Normal, inspirational and cool”: in praise of Michelle Obama

matt lees.jpg

Bride who asked guests to fund cancer treatment marries in London

whoopi hero.jpg

Whoopi Goldberg has designed a line of “ugly” Christmas jumpers

More

Scientists reveal why we really love the smell of old books

The groaning book towers taking over the flat are definitely not our fault

by Amy Swales
14 Aug 2017

Step into your favourite book at one of these UK literary locations

If you're a book worm with a penchant for weekend breaks, steady yourself

by Megan Murray
10 Aug 2017

Pride and Prejudice is getting a dark, sexy and twisted TV makeover

And, yes, this TV adaptation is in excellent hands…

by Kayleigh Dray
08 Aug 2017

The 20 books that everyone’s obsessing over this summer

They’ve been selling out on Amazon all summer long

by Moya Crockett
07 Aug 2017

JK Rowling’s heartfelt tribute to Harry Potter’s Robert Hardy

Farewell, Cornelius Fudge

by Sarah Biddlecombe
04 Aug 2017

A Sweet Valley High film is coming and it’s in excellent hands

Your childhood self is pleading with mum for a ticket right about now

by Amy Swales
31 Jul 2017

10 blistering summer reads you need to read this August

Say hello to this summer’s best beach books

by Sarah Shaffi
28 Jul 2017

10 books that perfectly sum up the beauty of female friendship

A bestie and a book: what more could you want?

by Stylist
27 Jul 2017

Arundhati Roy leads Man Booker longlist, 20 years after first triumph

Expand your reading repertoire with this year's nominees

by Anna Brech
27 Jul 2017

Emoji Movie spoofs The Handmaid’s Tale – and the internet is furious

“So is that emoji being raped and forced to have babies?”

by Kayleigh Dray
26 Jul 2017