What a brilliant Christmas present The Ladybird Book of The Mid-Life Crisis is, and one that shows how well my sister knows me 🙂

I laughed out loud reading this utterly brilliant spoof on the classic Ladybird Books, books published by Penguin Ladybird Books themselves.

In other words, this is authorised taking the mickey.

I don’t think I’ve looked at a Ladybird book in – what – 20 odd years, since my now adult children devoured them in their primary school days, pretty much the way I did as a child.  As a family, we all grew up on the wholesome Ladybird books.

Read the publisher’s mission statement :

“This delightful book is the latest in the series of Ladybird books which have been specially planned to help grown-ups with the world about them.

The large clear script, the careful choice of words, the frequent repetition and the thoughtful matching of text with pictures all enable grown-ups to think they have taught themselves to cope. The subject of the book will greatly appeal to grown-ups.”

What is so fab about these new grown-up books is that they look and feel exactly the same as the originals.  Only the content is, well, somewhat different.

Take the first page, for example :


The cast of sad middle-aged folk in the book is hilarious, none more so than Nick:


Great fun.

Funny trip down memory lane.

And if you were not lucky, as I was, to get one of these for Xmas, go on, be grown up about it and buy yourself one!

Just click on the link below:

And if you’ll excuse me, now I’m off to do some adult colouring, like Sally.