Ladybird books - 'The Mum'



'The Mum' and other satirical books for grown-ups released by Ladybird books.


Remember the nostalgic Ladybird books for kids from the '60s.; '70s? Did you know there are ones just for grown-ups?


Jason A. Hazeley and Joel P. Morris have a hilarious series of 35 Ladybird books - just for grown-ups. Guaranteed to make you laugh out very loud!


If you love these vintage Ladybird books, and you are also a big fan of puzzles, we have an enjoyable surprise for you near the end of this Blog Post!


What Children Really Want. Ladybird books for grown-ups.


These Ladybird pocketbooks use the same nostalgic illustrations from the '70s and have kept the same writing style. That is what makes them even more authentic. You will be tricked into thinking that they are in fact the very same serious vintage books. But once you start to read them, it is clear that they definitely are not the same children's books that many of us over the age of 50 grew up with (In the U.K.)


Fabulous parodies


During the 1960s and 1970s the Key Words Reading Scheme was set in British schools, and these pocket-sized Ladybird books that depicted a stereotype of classic British life were increasingly popular with children and adults. I personally learned how to read with them during my young school years.

Now, these modernised ones were first published in 2015/16, and as I say, can easily be mistaken for the real deal of the '60s and '70s.


You will easily be able to relate to the modern satirical twists that the new stories project - a parody of present-day life. In the hands of someone who does not know that these books have been re-written with pure wit, it would be very amusing to see the look on their face as they are reading it.

Excerpts from 'The Mum'...


'This is a mum.

A mum has two very important jobs to do. One is to look after her children.

The other is to do everything else as well.’



'Louise's cup of tea is going cold.

There are six more other cold cups of tea on surfaces around the house. When the vacuuming is done, Louise hopes she will be able to find the time to throw them away.'

'When she was single, Debbie had nightmares about being left alone and unwanted.

For the last three years, someone has called for her every two minutes and watched her every time she has taken a bath or sat on the toilet.

Debbie now dreams of being left alone and unwanted, even for just a few minutes.'

'Lisa has been shopping. She had a long list of things to buy, but now thinks she may have forgotten something.

Lisa is right. She has forgotten her daughter. She left her playing on an iPad in Argos* an hour ago. Her daughter will still be there. She likes the iPad because it is not too busy to play with her.'


*Argos - is the name of a popular high-street catalogue shop in the UK.


Buy 'The Mum' on Amazon





There are 35 books Ladybird books in this series of 'How It Works' for grown-ups. All of them contain buckets of humour that are very witty!



See which one you would choose!


These Ladybird books make original presents for your adult friend's too. When you buy one, don't let on that they are rewritten as satire! Let your friends find out the fun way!


All these ladybird books are pocket-size - 12x18cm approximately. Hardcover. 54 pages.


What Children Really Want. Ladybird books for grown-ups.

What Children Really Want. Ladybird books for grown-ups.

All titles of 'Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups' by Jason A. Hazeley and Joel P. Morris


THE MUM. THE WIFE. THE DAD. THE HUSBAND. THE SISTER. THE BROTHER. THE BABY. THE GRANDPARENT. THE EX. THE STUDENT. THE HIPSTER. THE NERD. DONALD TRUMP. THE STORY OF BREXIT. THE CAT. THE DOG. THE MID-LIFE CRISIS. THE HANGOVER. THE ROCK STAR. THE NEW YOU. THE DO-GOODER. THE BIG NIGHT OUT. THE QUIET NIGHT IN. DATING. RED TAPE. THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR. THE MEETING. THE SICKIE. THE SHED. BALLS. MINDFULNESS. THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE.A LADYBIRD FIRST GROWN-UP PICTURE BOOK. BOXING DAY.

What Children Really Want. Ladybird books for grown-ups.

Buy the full range of books!


The Wonderful World of Ladybird Books For Grown-ups



224 pages that are divided up into these chapters….

  • Fun Games.

  • Adventure.

  • The World Around Us.

  • At Work. At Home.

  • Coping.

  • Not Coping.

  • Giving Up.



Our surprise for you


A link for Free online puzzles made from the colourful, vintage illustrations of Ladybird books. Great fun for all ages!





Find out more about the original Ladybird illustrators

Jason A. Hazeley and Joel P. Morris have brilliantly changed the children's stories and re-used the same illustrations from the old Ladybird archives.

The iconic Illustrations were carried out by the late, talented artists for Ladybird books. These top Ladybird artists of their heyday were...


Harry Wingfield. John Berry. Martin Aitchison. Frank Hampson. B.H Robinson (who is from my hometown of Croydon). Eric Winter. William Murray. Robert Lumley. Robert Ayton. Gerald Whitcomb. And Charles Tunnicliffe.


You will find details about each Ladybird illustrator here, and also about the original writers and some background history!




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