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Vintage Children’s Books Published In The 1980s

Not all great books are a success – Despite the Boodle books’ introduction following the successful Mr Men series, challenges like surplus warehouse stock, market dynamics, and logistical hurdles prevented them from achieving mainstream success, leading to a loss of investor support.

In 2021 we were proud to share these six 1980s children’s book classics, revitalised for the current generation by integrating the updated stories as chapters of the “Granny Annie’s Ultimate Alphabet Book.”

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    Vintage Queenie The Quivering Quilt, a standout children's story from the 1980s penned by Jo Kemp. One of six spellbinding Boodle books written in 1980, that invite readers into a realm of imaginative tales and endearing characters from a bygone era

  • percy pot plant vintage 1980s childrens book jo kemp

    Super grow with 'Percy The Peeping Pot Plant,' a nostalgic gem from the 1980s by Jo Kemp. As one of six seminal works, Percy's story encapsulates the era's hallmark of storytelling with its engaging funny narrative and memorable protagonists.

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    The captivating tale of 'Maurice The Messy Mop,' an endearing children's book from the 1980s by Jo Kemp.

    This narrative, along with five others, defines the period with its imaginative storytelling and memorable characters.

  • samuel the sliding sausage vintage 1980s childrens book jo kemp

    Samuel The Sliding Sausage is a vintage 1980s children's books by British author Jo Kemp. One of six classic books that capture the imagination with engaging storytelling and memorable characters styled to that era.

    Dive into the nostalgic world of the Samuel and the other Boodle stories and enjoy the magic of these vintage children's books.

  • wally the wobbling wellington vintage 1980s childrens book jo kemp

    Wally The Wobbling Wellington,' a charming children's classic from the 1980s by Jo Kemp. This story, along with five others, offers a delightful journey into stories with their unique characters and fun narratives that is associated with the author Jo Kemp.

  • terence the terrible tap vintage 1980s childrens book jo kemp

    Delve into the whimsical universe of 'Terence The Terrible Tap,' a 1980s classic children's book by Jo Kemp. Part of a collection of six timeless tales, this book showcases the enchanting storytelling and distinctive characters emblematic of the era.

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Boodle Books Series Completed As Granny Annie’s Ultimate Alphabet Book Online

Boodles are now Granny Annie Stories – After four decades of persistence from her son Luke, Jo finally completed the series of 26 books in 2021.

All of the original Boodle book stories were updated and feature prominently in Grannie Annie’s Ultimate Alphabet.

Please help us find new readers by sharing one of the stories you like.


Storybook Character Wiki

Discover the 100 or so storybook characters featured within Granny Annie’s Ultimate Alphabet Book. 26 Stories one for each letter of the alphabet

This wiki features character names, and descriptions and contains, related links, downloads, educational resources and more.

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Boodle Book / Granny Annie / Hourglass Author Jo Kemp

Jo Kemp is a British author who wrote the original TV scripts for ‘Chorlton and the Wheelies’ and ‘Jamie and the Magic Torch’.

As a production company owner and TV producer, she went on to produce over 100 episodes of ‘The Raggy Dolls’ for Yorkshire TV through her own film production company.   Jo now lives in Dorset and is writing the next book in the sci-fi fantasy series titled ‘The Hourglass’.